NIEE President, Abuja Chapter, Ms. Lynda Elesa, had this to say at the 2022 Valerie Agberagba Clean, Renewable and Energy Efficiency (CREEC) Competition and Public Lecture in Abuja.
Elesa, who would end her term as NIEE president this week, said the engineers had brought together about 12 schools in the FCT for the environmental competition.
He said that the essence of the competition is to help children learn more about the importance of cleanliness, and part of the activities in honor of CREEC.
She said that the goal of the program is to promote the principle of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as well as help the next generation to use their creative minds and their ability to use renewable energy.
He said that the program will also develop energy efficiency and offer solutions to environmental challenges for environmental sustainability in the country.
“The competition with the conference is organized in renewable energy to equip the next generation of innovative clean energy entrepreneurs.
“Students are also expected to be one of the creators of environmental change in their communities and in the country in general.
“Students are also expected to identify environmental problems and provide a solution to address the challenge,” he said.
“It is important to know that the environment is an essential part of our existence and, if properly managed, can be a productive resource that can increase our economic growth not just for today, but for generations to come.
“If mishandled, it can easily be dangerous and make people sick.
“Due to ignorance, poverty, overpopulation, greed, among others, people have refused to do the right thing and do not care about taking proper care of our environment.
“The dirty environment has caused natural disasters such as biodiversity, floods, transmission of communicable diseases and others.
“It’s good for us to know that if the environment is unhealthy, everything within it is in danger,” he said.
Mr. Umar Jibrin, former Secretary of the Federal Capital Development Authority, said in his lecture on “Innovations for Environmental Sustainability in Nigeria” that he captured all aspects of the environmental challenges in the country.
Jibrin, also a guest speaker, said that environmental degradation has been a global problem, adding that much remains to be done to meet the challenges.
“The conference captured all the issues of flooding, challenges in solid waste management, problems of lack of adequate water supply that have been solved.
“We need to update solid waste management and other challenges. This can only be possible if other private sectors can come together to ensure that we address the issues,” he said.
And the General Manager, Renewable Energy and CREEC initiator, Ms. Valerie Agberagba, said that the engineers organized programs for the students to teach them the importance of renewable energy.
“There are many talents from the younger generation, so the competitions will contribute to addressing environmental challenges in the country.
“The workshops and seminars, organized for the students, will expose them to what these technologies are,” he said.
NIEE National President Mr. Sesan Odukoya said environmental challenges have given rise to the Valerie Agberagba initiative.
According to him, innovation placed a key development to increase and improve business and technologies.
“Innovation can also present itself as a new idea and knowledge. Renewable energies, electric power, among others, are the main sources of energy that drive the country’s development,” he said.
“The government is doing everything possible to ensure that renewable energy is sustained.
“The private sectors must support the government to effectively build the growth of renewable energy in the country.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that around 12 students from various schools in the FCT, participated in the Sustainable environmental competition.
Government Junior High School, Area 11, ranked first and received N200,000, while Junior High School, Kwali, ranked second and received N150,000, third position went to JSS, Chukuku, which received N100,000 .
Ms Anumkwen Wandermum, JSS Area 11, speaking on behalf of other students, said she was excited about the competition and thanked the NIEE for giving them the opportunity.
Agberagba said the money was for each of the students who participated in the competition.
Source Credit: NAN