Dissertation: Biofuels Adoption in Nigeria
Nigeria has joined the rest of the world in adopting biofuels. Though biofuels development in Nigeria is still at the early stages, this study explores the following issues among others: the capacity for producing the feedstock used as raw materials for biofuels, the drivers engendering the biofuels adoption in Nigeria, the path to attain equilibrium in food, feed and other agricultural objectives, the estimation of petroleum products consumption as a foundation for promoting biofuels and the assessment of the land and water footprints for meeting the targets set forth under the Nigerian biofuels policy and incentives.
Biofuels development in Nigeria is in the second phase, in which the foundation for boosting local biofuels production is laid. With the country’s entry into the global biofuels circle, it will be holding two key energy batons, one as a crude oil rich nation and another as a biofuels producing country. The aims of joining other nations in promoting biofuels production and adoption includes among other deriving environmental, economic and social benefits.
– The promotion of biofuels must be premised on the capacity for absorbing locally produced fuels, the availability of the required resources and favorable environment for local production, Abila tells.
The five papers explore the capacity for biofuels production, including the availability of the three criteria for qualifying as potential biofuels country: availability of water, arable land, and food security situation that will guarantee that fuel production does not sabotage the availability of food and other essential needs.
Has the Nigerian biofuels policy overlooked key stakeholders in the quest to make the country a major biofuels producer? The paper on synthesis of the drivers, incentives and enablers promoting biofuels development helps to answer this and other questions. It also helps to understand deeper the connection between drivers, goals and stakeholders.
The public examination of M.Sc. Nelson Abila’s doctoral dissertation “Adoption of Biofuels in Nigeria: Analysis of Sustainability and Policy Issues” is on Thursday 20 November at 12 o´clock in auditorium Nissi (Tritonia). Associate Professor Mirja Mikkilä from the Lappeenranta University of Technology will act as an opponent and Professor Josu Takala as a custos.