WORLD EARTH DAY: Kwara Leads the Way in Renewable Energy, Green Initiatives

By Dare Akogun

As the world celebrates Earth Day 2024, Kwara State stands out as a beacon of environmental sustainability in Nigeria, demonstrating commendable leadership in the adoption of renewable energy and green initiatives.

Under the visionary guidance of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, the State has embarked on a series of transformative projects aimed at reducing carbon emissions and fostering a cleaner, greener future.

These efforts are not just about environmental stewardship but also about economic revitalization, as evident in the recent conversion of petrol-engine vehicles to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and the commissioning of the remodelled Flower Garden in Ilorin – a relaxation and recreational centre.

The official launch, which took place at the Rolling Energy station in Ilorin, marks a milestone in the State’s efforts at engendering greener environment.

Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq commissions CNG station in Ilorin

At the heart of this initiative is Governor Abdulrazaq who has been vocal about the State’s commitment to renewable energy.

At the event the governor proudly announced that the State government had successfully converted twenty of its petrol-engine vehicles to natural gas.

This strategic move is not just about reducing emissions but also a direct response to President Bola Tinubu’s removal of the oil subsidy, which has historically exacerbated Nigeria’s reliance on petrol.

“This exercise reflects our commitment to leveraging the benefits of oil subsidy removal. Between last year and now, the president has endorsed Natural Gas over petrol, which is safer and more economical,” Governor Abdulrazaq stated.

He further highlighted that this conversion initiative would open up new job opportunities for the youth in Kwara, fostering both economic and environmental benefits.

Mubarak Danbata, the Chief Executive Officer of Rolling Energy, was also present at the launching, encouraging the public to support the Presidential Conversion of Natural Gas Initiative (P-CNGi).

Danbata assured attendees that the Rolling Energy Station could convert up to six petrol vehicles to CNG daily, underscoring the practical and scalable nature of this initiative. The shift towards CNG is not just a local effort but part of Nigeria’s broader strategy to transition to renewable energy.

This transition aims at reducing the country’s dependence on fossil fuels, promote cleaner energy sources, and align with global efforts to combat climate change.

The environmental benefits of switching to CNG are substantial. CNG is a cleaner alternative to petrol, producing fewer greenhouse gas emissions.

This reduction in emissions is crucial for Nigeria, a country grappling with the adverse effects of climate change.

Additionally, CNG is more economical, potentially lowering fuel costs for consumers and enhancing energy security.

Governor Abdulrazaq’s initiative is a practical approach to achieving these goals, providing a cleaner, more affordable alternative to traditional petrol. With continued support from the government and stakeholders, Nigeria’s journey towards renewable energy and environmental sustainability looks promising.

Flower Garden Ilorin

The Remodelled Flower Garden: A Green Sanctuary

In another testament to the Kwara State Government’s commitment to the greener environment initiatives, Governor Abdulrazaq also commissioned the remodelled Flower Garden in Ilorin.

This project is more than just an aesthetic enhancement; it is a strategic initiative that contributes to the reduction of carbon emissions, playing a critical role in combating global warming.

The Flower Garden now stands as a beautiful and serene environment for the inhabitants of Ilorin, enhancing their quality of life while actively contributing to the global fight against climate change.

The Government’s investment in remodeling the facility has effectively created a green sanctuary that serves as a natural carbon sink, absorbing carbon dioxide, one of the primary greenhouse gases responsible for climate change.

Green spaces like the Flower Garden are vital for a sustainable urban environment. They serve as the lungs of the city, absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen, helping to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

These areas also provide habitats for a diverse range of flora and fauna, promoting biodiversity within urban settings.

Moreover, green spaces have a positive impact on mental health, providing residents with natural, serene environments for recreation and relaxation. The Kwara State Government’s commitment to creating and maintaining such spaces underscores its dedication to environmental stewardship and the well-being of its citizens.

The launch of these initiatives in Kwara State sets a commendable precedent for other states to follow.

It showcases the tangible benefits of adopting renewable energy solutions and moving towards a greener future. Governor AbdulRazaq’s efforts highlight the potential of natural gas as a viable alternative to petrol and emphasize the importance of green spaces in urban planning.

However, the journey towards a sustainable future does not stop here. It is crucial that the government continues to build on these efforts by creating more green zones in the state capital territory and beyond.

Expanding these initiatives will further enhance environmental sustainability, promote economic development, and improve the quality of life for residents.

The Kwara State government’s proactive measures in mitigating the effects of climate change are commendable. From converting vehicles to CNG to creating green sanctuaries, these initiatives reflect a comprehensive approach to environmental sustainability.

By committing resources and fostering innovative solutions, Kwara State is leading the way in Nigeria’s green transition, setting an example for others to follow.

Dare Akogun is an Ilorin based Environmental Journalist he can be reached via
+2348077444871  and akogundare@gmail.com

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