Oil majors must focus on renewable energy – Expert

Mazino Dikson

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A non-governmental organisation, Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth, Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), has urged International Oil Companies (IOCs) operating in Nigeria to intensify search for renewable energy and non-fossil fuels.

Alagoa Morris, Head of Field Operations, ERA/FoEN, who made the call in in Yenagoa, noted that advanced countries had shifted focus to cleaner alternatives to crude oil energy due to concerns about the environment.

The activist said that the nation’s energy mix should be diversified and less emphasis put on oil and gas prospecting due to its adverse effects on the ecosystem.

Morris decried seismic activities by oil firms in residential areas in Yenagoa.

He said that the sound of explosives during oil exploration on residential areas caused fear on the residents.

According to him, some affected residents were silent because they thought that the Land Use Decree allowed the seismic operation.

“Incidentally, some express optimism that once crude oil/gas is found on their lands, it will bring to them unimaginable fortune.

“ERA/ FoEN observed that seismic cables were laid on  doorsteps of residents, around and entrances to homes, shops/business environment, roadsides and even in the middle of roads/streets in Yenagoa.”

He said that focus should be on developing environmentally-friendly alternative energy sources.