The UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) on Friday urged the Federal Government to explore renewable energy by utilizing the country’s untapped energy sources, estimated at 93,950MW, The Punch reports.

Mr Bakary Dosso, the ECA Chief Sub-Regional officer, Data Centre, made the appeal at the launch of the ECA Country Profile 2016 Report for Nigeria in Abuja. Dosso said the ECA report showed that Nigeria was blessed with abundant untapped energy resources of about 93,950 Megawatts.

“Nigeria has an untapped potential to produce 93,950MW from carbon-emission-free energy sources, which include small and large hydroelectric power plants, 68 percent and nuclear power, 21 percent. Also, Nigeria has an untapped potential of seven percent solar and photovoltaic and onshore wind, two per cent,” he said.

Dosso said in spite of such potential, it was sad that half of the population depended on wood, charcoal, manure and crop residues for energy. He added that Nigeria had a total installed electricity capacity of 12,522MW and an available current capacity of only about 4,500MW. He, therefore, urged the Federal Government to seize the opportunities to improve the power situation in the country.