18 October, 2020
From Polycarp Orosevwotu, Ughelli
The Vice Chancellor of Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun, Uvwie local government area of Delta State, Prof. (Chief) Akpofure Rim-Rukeh, has assured Jatropha Growers, Processors and Exporters Association of Nigeria (JAGPEAN), of its partnership and supports through research to achieve the biogas production.
Rim-Rukeh who is also the Southsouth Vice Chairman of the group, gave the assurance at his office when the group led by its National Chairman, Maj. Gen. J.A Omosebi (Retrd.), National Secretary, Hon. Chief Lawrence Madaki and the Chairman, Delta State Chapter of the group, Mr. Roman Otite and other members paid him a courtesy visit.
In his welcome remarks, Prof. Rim-Rukeh emphasised on the importance of Jathropha plant, pointing out that the Jatropha seed is not only medicinal but also, contributes about 40% of oil reserve.
He revealed that since the issues of climate change as a result of different chemical releases into the environment, the Jatropha oil has become the best option, noting that if properly processed, can burn smoothly without releasing carbon-monoxide into the environment.
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Responding, the National President, Retired Major General J.A Omosebi felicitated with the Vice Chancellor on his appointment. He said with him as a member of JAGPEAN and also a head of a science oriented University, there is a hope for science research into biogas.
On his part, the Consultant to the group, Paul Ugboro recounted the level already attained with some notable Universities in Nigeria, including Federal University of Technology Akure FUTA, Landmark University, Covenant University, and Redeemed University.
On his part, the Chairman of the Delta State chapter of the group, Mr. Roman Otite and the National Auditor, Pa Moses Towanshe, stressed on the importance of a pilot plant in the state and appealed to the Vice Chancellor to help the group to achieve this from the government sector and that they will be glad if they are remembered for attaining such a great height.