October, 5
Nigeria to Increase Bio-energy Production
Nigeria's National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) said that it would intensify effort through biotechnology Research and Development (R&D) to boost bio-energy production.
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NABDA Acting Director-General, Prof. Alex Akpa, announced this statement at a roundtable on Exploring Investment Opportunity in Biotechnology and Bio-energy Development in Abuja.

He said that the agency was ready to partner with relevant stakeholders to increase bio-energy production in the country in order to improve Nigeria's bio- economy and meet the huge energy needs in the country.

"The agency has five technical departments; Agricultural Biotechnology, Medical Biotechnology, Environmental Biotechnology and Bio-conservation, Bio-entrepreneurship and Extension Service, Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics.

"The agency has its Bio-resources Development Centre across 30 states of the federation," he said.
Mr. Talson Bege, the General Manager, Technical, Renewable Energy Development, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said that the organisation would collaborate with NABDA in mass production of cassava, sugar cane and palm oil to generate bio-energy.

Prof. Ken Ife, the Lead Consultant, ECOWAS Commission, emphasised the importance of development of cutting-edge biotechnology, transiting from the traditional use of biotechnology to new technology.