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Nigeria, FOSSREA sign pact on hydrogen development to boost access to energy

Nigeria, FOSSREA sign pact on hydrogen development to boost access to energy

The Federal Government through the ministry of petroleum resources has signed an agreement on the development of hydrogen with the Foundation for Sustainable Social Responsibility in Emerging Africa (FOSSREA).

According to Aliu Hydar Mijinyawa, chairman, FOSSREA, the agreement signed in Abuja on Wednesday, is to boost the Nigerian energy space. He described hydrogen as a fuel of the future that would be used, not only in Nigeria but globally.

According to him, the deployment of hydrogen has opened up huge investments in most countries. “Nigeria should be able to put its foot forward so that; we are also in the thick of the hydrogen economy. This informed our decision to venture into this and inform the ministry on this important project,” he stated.

The chairman explained that FOSSREA as an organisation was formed to provide a platform for Nigerians to give back to the country in various sectors.

He noted, “One key sector we found important that will be beneficial to the country is the energy sector. In the energy sector, we felt that the ministry of petroleum resources should be at the forefront of driving this.

“We believe that it will be an avenue that will be of benefit to the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. It will go a long way in laying the foundation in attracting investors into the country and deploying the value chain of hydrogen to build a strong hydrogen economy” the chairman stated.

Nicholas Agbo Ella, the permanent secretary, ministry of petroleum resources, said the signing of the agreement marked a turning point in Nigeria’s engagement on hydrogen matters.

Ella noted that hydrogen being the fuel of the future was revolutionising activities in many spaces and climes and Nigeria should not be left behind.

“As we go about this responsibility, we will be calling upon you from time to time to share your research works, knowledge and expertise with our officers. We want to go hand in hand with you in training and developing the capacities of the officers in this sphere,” he said.