Nigeria has at least 20m houses without electricity – ECN

The Energy Commission of Nigeria has said that no fewer than 20 million Houses lacked access to electricity. This was disclosed by the commission’s DG Prof. Eli Jidere after a two-day expert workshop review.

Energy Commission of Nigeria, ECN, has revealed that no fewer than 20 million houses across the country are yet to have electricity supply.

These statistics was made known yesterday in Abuja at a two-day Experts Peer Review Workshop for the Rapid Assessment and Gap Analysis of the National Energy Policy.

Director-General of the ECN, Prof. Eli Jidere said the decision to gather experts in the energy sector was to proffer a way out of power challenges facing the country and further contribute to the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, ERGP of the current administration.

According to Prof. Jidere, the team of experts will among other functions: “Identify any obsolete policy statement and strategies in the National Energy Policy, NEP, and make appropriate update and recommendations.”

While stressing that the electricity sector in the country has achieved significant levels of liberalization and privatization, he noted that most countries of the world are already adapting to sustainable energy development with emphasis on exploitation of renewable energy technologies.

Earlier at the workshop, Managing Director of the International Centre for Energy Environment and Development, ICEED, Mr. Ewa Eleri, decried the non-existence of energy laws in the country. He urged the incoming 9th National Assembly to prioritize the passage of the sustainable energy bill into law.

“The time has come for a paradigm shift between energy development and the environment as sustainable energy is a catalyst for growth,” he added.

 

Source: Nigerian Pilot

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