Director General of the commission, Prof. Eli Jidere Bala said this at the opening ceremony of the two-day inception workshop on the review of the National Energy Policy (NEP) yesterday in Abuja.
NEP was launched on June 20, 2005 emphasizing active participation of the private sector in the development of the energy sector in a sustainable manner with timelines and strategies for renewable and sustainable energy development.
The commission is collaborating with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for support to review the policy by assessing the performance, identifying gaps and inadequacies, updating information and data as well as incorporating international best practices.
Prof. Bala while stressing the need for the review in the face of current realities of developing renewable energy said, “You would agree with us that eight years after the NEP was produced and approved, changes have taken place in the national and international energy scenes necessitating its review.”
He added that the review process is in stages beginning with the national inception workshop for plenary discussions involving stakeholders and formation of working groups to produce the draft document.
Chairman of the event and president, Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE) Engr. M.B. Umar in his welcome address charged participants to be active in the discussions and review of the NEP, adding that, “since energy development is dynamic in nature, the need for periodic reviews of the policies is imperative.”
In the same vein, the Minister of Science and Technology, Prof. Ita Bassey Ewa while urging full participation maintained that the NEP is a very important document often sougth-after by foreign investors when proposing to explore investment opportunities in a country.
Information from Daily Trust was used in this report.