Govt to address imbalance in energy mix
Speaking at the launch of Nigeria’s National Renewable Energy Plan, Energy Efficiency Action Plan and the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Action Agenda, he said these policies, which have been fashioned under the auspices of the Inter-Ministerial Committee drawn from the agencies like, Environment, National Planning, Finance, Energy Commission, Standard Organization of Nigeria, while donor agencies like European Union,
German, International Donor Agency–GIZ, have provided facilitation which drew the template for rural electrification projects that is centred on sustainability.
Igali who decried a situation where rural electrification projects were hitherto conceived on use of fuel and diesel run generators, said that such practice deprives the rural areas of access to electricity.
Rural communities cannot benefit from electricity in storing of vaccines and drugs that are used in their Health Centres because of no fuel or money to buy diesel, in most cases.
The current Administration has enunciated its plan to use electricity in cross cutting manner as to impact positively the lives of rural folks through enhanced rural economy.
“We are making steady progress, for the first time in many years, we have experienced steady supply, thanks to no incidence of vandalism. A lot of work is still needed to be done, as we have been challenged
by President Muhammadu Buhari”.
Looking ahead, the Permanent Secretary expressed his optimism in the direction the power sector is moving, which has been aptly captioned in the theme of the workshop “Improving Energy Access in Nigeria” he said the future is bright, stressing that the importance of this platform is in tandem with our national objective of making more power available to Nigerians.
On the expected support from State Governors, the Permanent Secretary said that Governors should facilitate access to land as building of solar plant which is the future of increased supply would requirelarge expand of land, he urged to facilitate easy access to land for power related projects.
We must reverse the ugly trend of dark images of Africa as shown on the satellite, we must grow and have higher per capita of access to electricity, as it is a reflection of our socio-economic development and growth, so power sector remains the nucleus of envisaged social change.