Chibisi Ohakah

President of the 24th World Energy Congress (WEF) and UAE’s Minister of Energy & Industry, Suhail Al-Mazrouei, has called for global collaboration among energy stakeholders towards addressing the numerous challenges facing the industry worldwide.

Tagged the world’s premier energy gathering, the 24th WEC in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, is a four-day interactive programme designed to address the critical issues facing the global energy industry today. During his opening remarks, Al-Mazrouei said it is through foresight, commitment and unity that the industry player can collectively meet the growing energy demand of the world.

He also emphasized the role of innovation as the cornerstone of the progress that is been witnessed, especially in clean energy development and allied sectors.

He explained that the annual global gathering will challenge participants’ thinking and ultimately drive action towards better energy solutions for the benefit of future generations.

In his own remarks, the chairman of the WEC, Mr. Younghoon David Kim, said the Council would continue to rally global energy leaders towards a more sustainable energy future.

In his own remarks, Nigeria’s minister of state for petroleum resources, Chief Timipreye Sylva, declared that the government was committed to bringing prosperity to Nigerians through solving the nation’s energy challenges.

“Energy is always at the heart of our prosperity because in Nigeria, oil is central to our national development. Power today has become very central to everything we do,” Sylva stated. The minister, who described as apt the Conference’s theme: “Energy for Prosperity”, maintained that addressing Nigeria’s energy needs would go a long way in Nigeria’s march towards industrialization.

“A lot is being done by the federal government to improve the energy situation in the country. Government has since recognized the need to improve the nation’s energy situation and that is exactly what we are poised to do,” Sylva added. This year’s Congress is attended by over 150 participating countries and features 80 panel discussions that focus on the entire energy spectrum.

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