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The Technology behind Bio -Ethanol started as far back as 1974 in Nigeria co- sponsored by one of the Oil majors then. Producing Absolute 98%, Potable 94-96% and Industrial Ethanol. Some Nigerians like Mr. Akindele Faleye of WufasAgronet, a food security (processing) advocate that anchored the programme are still alive to recant the story.
■ Brazil in the last 50 years perfected the use of regulations and direct government investment to develop a highly efficient Bio-fuel industry. E85%- formulation is 85% of Ethanol to a mix of PMS.
■ Nigeria has abundant raw materials for Bio-fuel wasting away e.g. Sugar processing waste called Molasses and large expanse of land for Cassava cultivation and farming.

The recent News Headlines that “FG targets 180billion Naira revenue from Cassava Bio- Ethanol by Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) which will be done on a pilot phase, aimed to build a biotechnology Industrial Park on a 20-hectares plot across 20 Universities, academia and R&D Institutes.
One aspect of our educational system that merit attention is one that invoke global competitiveness.
●What Nigeria need most is Government investment in the creation of knowledge to the younger generation in renewable cleaner energy sources for the 21st century rather than SUBSIDIZING THE OIL INDUSTRY.
● Renewable energy will prolong productivity with uninterrupted working hours especially in Food processing, various operations such as in cooling and other unit operations , while the emissions of carbon is minimized, checkmating Climate change actions.

WufasAgronet opined that 1% of oil revenues from the Oil companies Joint Venture Partnership (JVP) worth Billion of Dollars quarterly profits goes towards financing RENEWABLE energy Research and Development with necessary infrastructure put in place.

  • This would pay huge economic,foreign policy and environmental / democracy dividends
  • It could be the vehicle by which the new generation of Nigerians scientists and engineers could source new export industries and high wage jobs
  • Also, flexible and sensitive regulations can spur private sectors innovation and investment in the renewable energy sector of Bio fuel.

The environmental consequences of our fossil fuel based economy is real in the drastic climate change globally, such as the Melting ice caps, Rising sea levels, Changing weather patterns, Violent tornadoes, Disappearing forests, Frequent hurricanes, Endless sand storm dust , Threatening human’s respirational illness and many others.
Countries like Brazil had already done this in the last 50 years . Brazil have used a mix of regulations and direct government investment to develop a highly efficient Bio fuel industry, above 70% of their vehicles now run on sugar based Ethanol instead of gasoline.
Nigeria like Brazil can try High fuel -efficiency standard like the E85 vehicles ( fuel formulation of 85% Ethanol) could be the future of the auto industry in Nigeria.These will not only check climate actions but create enabling jobs in agriculture that will eradicate poverty.

About The Author

Rasaq Oke

Rasaq Oke hold a Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.) Honours degree in Food Science & Technology from the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife. He is a seasoned Food Technologist and Agribusiness expert with wide and rich industry experience that cut across reputable organization like Guinness Plc, Crown Cork and Seal, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals (now Neimeth Pharmaceuticals), Livestock Feeds Plc. and Tantalizers Plc. He is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of FOODDOTCOMACADEMY SERVICES, Managing Consultant with RESPITALITY CARE COMPANY (RCC), and Publisher/ CEO of FOODPRENEURS PUBLISHING COMPANY, the publisher of FOODPRENEURNEWS, a print and online food magazine ( Mr. Oke is an accomplished food entrepreneur, consultant, administrator, instructor, and facilitator. He is a member of the Governing Council of the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST) and the Head,-Editorial Board of the NIFST Food Forum Magazine; An Executive Member of the Nigeria Association of Agricultural Journalist (NAAJ). He is an Full Member and Secretary of the Membership, Certification and Education Committee of the Governing Council of the Nigerian Institute of Training and Development (NITAD). He a a Media and Communication Consultant to the Lagos State Fadama Coordination Office (SFCO) and the Lagos State Coconut Development Authority (LASCODA) in addition to being a Technical Partner to the Lagos State Consumer Protection Authority (LASCOPA). He is married with children and loves playing table tennis as well as travelling.

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