COVID-19: Methanol Fuel, key to Nigeria’s economic recovery – Minister

Chioma Eche, Abuja.

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Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu

Nigeria’s Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu says the use of methanol as an alternative fuel to industrial production is vital to the country’s economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

The Minister stated this at the final meeting of the Cabinet Committee to source funding for the implementation of the national policy on methanol fuel production in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

“This Covid-19 pandemic is a wake-up call to believe in ourselves and think of how to produce what we need as a nation” 

“There is a need for Nigeria to learn to do things in a different way as  Science, Technology and Innovation hold the key to the future of the country,” he added.

Dr. Onu, therefore described methanol as a wonder chemical that could be processed into thousands of by-products that would be used to diversify Nigeria’s economy by powering various sectors.

“This policy will allow us stop exporting our natural resources in their natural state, help us to process our natural resources, which would create jobs for our people and boost the economy,” the Minister explained.

On the environmental impact of the methanol fuel technology policy, the Minister said it would reduce and eliminate gas-flaring in the country as well as reduce the need for felling forest trees for firewood.

According to him, the methanol fuel technology policy is important to the nation as it would drastically reduce the importation of gas and petroleum products.

 “The policy will impact the  energy sector as methanol is cheaper to power electricity into homes, boost vehicle performance and reduce combustion from vehicles. Also, women in the rural areas will no longer have to use firewood and kerosene as methanol is cleaner, cheaper and friendly to the environment,” he added.

It would be recalled that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) had in October 2019 unveiled the national policy on methanol fuel production that would see the use of methanol as an alternative fuel in Nigeria

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