The federal government is set to securing long-term energy security for all Nigerians living in the urban and rural areas.
The minister of state, power, works and housing, Mustapha Baba Shehuri, disclosed this at the 14th Confederation of Indian Industry CII-EXIM Bank Conclave on India Africa Project Partnership which held in New Delhi, India.
The minister said, “We are working towards partnering with India on energy security sector, as you know when this government came in the energy generation capacity was below 4000 now it is almost 7000 and in the transmission sector also we have reached over 7000.
“Though we have little problem with the distribution sector, but we have put policies in place to checkmate all that. We have policies like the eligible costumer policy that allows anybody that wants to buy power to directly buy from the transmission. The bureaucracy of distribution has been removed, all these are aimed towards making it easy for customers to access power. Energy security is all about making power available to people at affordable prices.
“We have diversified our energy sources, before 70 per cent of our energy is based on fuel and gas but now we have gone into solar, and others, we also have hydro. We are going into biomass all these are aimed towards making power accessible to every Nigerian. /”As you know about 60 per cent of our population are living in the rural areas and some of them might be there for the next 50 years without accessing power so solar has provided us an opportunity to build some mini-grite in our local setting.
“We have experimented that already in some villages and it is working, some communities use their solar power light for charging their phones and in other areas they have solar power boreholes.
“These communities pay to the companies that provided solar power directly at affordable rates, government only come to regulate and make sure the communities are not over charged which is the way forward. This has shown that in the very near future almost every home will have light in Nigeria.”
According to the minister, the project is on trial now but hopefully, would be replicated in the whole country. He hinted that from all indications success is assured.
Meanwhile, he pointed out that some villages in Sokoto and Kaduna States, even part of Gwagwalada area council were already using solar energy because the tariff is affordable.
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