As part of her functions to facilitate networking, knowledge sharing, information and tools on Bioenergy research and development, the National Centre for Energy and Environment (Energy Commission of Nigeria) held a 2-day Jatropha Stakeholders Workshop . The workshop which took place at Royal Guest Apartment, Auchi was organized in collaboration with the six Local Government Councils of Edo North Senatorial District.
It was put together as part of the Centre’s effort to increase access to adequate, affordable, reliable, safe and environmentally friendly energy services and information to help developers deliver better environmental and economic sustainability outcomes from Jatropha cultivation.
The workshop with other objectives is primarily meant to sensitize participants in the cultivation and sustainable use of Jatropha seed in production of biodiesel, to provide information on the available technologies needed for the extraction and production of biodiesel and other allied products.
Declaring the workshop open, the Director of the Centre, Prof. Lawrence I.N Ezemonye said the aims of the conference is to bring together stakeholders including governments, decision-makers, civil societies, private sector, development partners, Jatropha farmers and financial institutions to share knowledge and information about Jatropha achievements to date, as well as perspectives for the future.
The event attracted over 145 participants from communal , private and commercial farmers in the six (6) Local Government Councils of Edo North Senatorial district, Private sector, NGOs, and the media. Goodwill messages were delivered by the Otaru of Auchi, Alh. H.A Momoh, Ikelebe III represented by Engr. Momoh, the Daudu of Auchi and Dr Bruno Oshioneboh, Chairman, Etsako West Local Government Area who was represented by Hon. Leonard Momoh Inaede.
The workshop featured three(3) technical papers presented by experts in the field. Participants were also exposed to robust and extensive techniques in Jatropha cultivation, processing and Biofuel production. A communiqué was issued at the end of the workshop.