ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES OF THE NIGERIA CONTENT DEVELOPMENT: THE NEED FOR PARADIGM SHIFT TO RENEWABLE ENERGY USE
The global outcry today of global warming and climatic change associated with the exploration and production of fossil energy has necessitated the study of reviewing the need to shift from the use of fossil fuel to using renewable energy. The methodology of study includes detail literature reviews of present practice and the environmental consequences in a developing economy like Nigeria. The study details renewable energy types, the motivation for adoption of renewable energy, the merits and accruable benefits of paradigm shift. Amongst the highlighted benefits are reduced global warming, diversification of nation's resources and economic growth; divergent academic researches; improved employment in other sectors outside the Oil and Gas, more environmentally friendly energy use, better livable environment and energy security in the near foreseeable future. The paper recommended stiff laws on environmental protection and fines for polluting practices as a panacea to achieving the needed paradigm shift.