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FG Targets 75 Percent Electrification in 13 Years

President Goodluck Jonathan

The federal government plans to bring sustainable electricity supply to about 75 percent of Nigeria’s total population within the next 13 years when the country’s power generation would have averaged 40,000 megawatts (MW). Minister of State for Power, Arch. Darius Ishaku, disclosed at a regional dialogue on the use of renewable energy technologies to improve agricultural activities in Abuja, saying the ambitious plan will see a swift increase in the percentage of people with electricity in the country.

The event was organised by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) in conjunction with the Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Special Duties in Abuja. The minister said the ambitious plan will see a swift increase in the percentage of people with electricity in the country. A survey by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) earlier in the year revealed that only about 35 percent of Nigerians were properly metered and captured as legitimate consumers of electricity supplied from the national grid.

Ishaku, who was represented by the Director, Electrical Inspectorate Services (EIS) in the ministry, Mr. Kayode Adebisi, said the government is making effort to encourage sustained and complementary mix in the country’s power generation profile. He explained that: “The natural target is to have at least 10 percent of electricity generated in the country to come through renewable by 2025, that way our 75 percent projection can be guarantee. Already, the 10MW Katsina wind plant is about to be commissioned. Feasibility studies on dams across the country are going on and it is believed that such energy mixes which are also within the power sector reform document of the government will complement traditional sources of generating power here in Nigeria.”

Ishaku also assured that reform measures taken in the power sector will also impact on Nigeria’s agricultural sector, adding that the development of dams across the country will offer good irrigation opportunities to holding farms and settlements within such regions.

In her remarks, Special Adviser to the President on Social Development and Special Duties, Mrs. Sarah Pane stated that existing situations in global energy and agricultural practices require functional mainstreaming of bio-energy resources into agricultural policies of countries to enhance chances of reducing food insecurity via increased productivity.

She said: “The global practice of heavy reliance on fossil fuels is not sustainable as the available stock is fast being depleted at a cost to the environment. To avoid this ultimate energy crisis, we must look for alternative ways of meeting our energy needs while minimally exploiting the earth. Bio-energy resources that are grossly under-utilised will come in handy here as refreshing alternative.”

Source: Power Nigeria

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