Moringa Development Association of Nigeria MDAN, Kwara State chapter has raised alarm on impending hovering on the nation by eminent strike actions in protest against hike in the price of petrol in particular.
In a press statement by its National consultant, Prof. Samuel AdeniyiObiyemi made available to newsmen in Ilorin, the group called on the Federal Government to compel Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation NNPC to promote renewable fuels.
The group lamented over avoidable impending strikes by organized labour and civil society groups just as it accused NNPC of hidden agenda by not promoting renewable fuels that was to have been since 2007.
This is because “outgrower farmers should have had access to special fund as an incentive to motivate them to plant non-food crops that were to serve as feedstock to promote renewable automotive fuels that advanced nations were promoting for some time before 2005”
” There was a Federal Executive Council policy published in an extra ordinary gazette of Lagos of 20/6/2007 No 72 vol 94 p. 180-193 that require NNPC to provide the find for active involvement of farmers to produce non-food crops that will be processed to produce the biofuels, such that, Nigeria will produce enough of each of bio-ethanol (alcohol) in 10% of the volume of petrol and biodiesel in 10% of the volume of diesel to be consumed in Nigeria from 2009.”
This is backed with these rhetorical questions: “can NNPC assure the nation that the petrol that we import is not with bio-ethanol? Are we paying for bio-ethanol? if the government is not bother to use biofuels to protect the environment, does the NNPC negotiate to import neat fuel? Why should Government fail to produce biofuels whereas we export one of the major raw materials (cassava pellet) require for the production of bio-ethanol? Why is the Federal Government unwilling to put our refineries to function?”
The Federal Government was therefore called upon to ensure Nigeria boost its foreign reserve with sales of seven principal products from crude petroleum by revamping the refineries for multiple advantages and funding of research and development for accelerated production of crops by out grower farmers to produce biofuels.