…Use Renewable Energy To Bridge Nigeria’s Energy Gap
The Nigerian government has charged its electricity agency to consider focus and use of renewable energy as quick solution to bridge the electricity gap in the country.Speaking during the weekend in Abuja, minister of state, power, Goddy Jedy-Agba, said the Rural Electrification Agency [REA] should not lose sight of it Vision 30:30:30, which is aimed at raising the electricity generation capacity to 30,000MW by 2030, of which 30 per cent will be from renewable sources.
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The minister was the guest at the REA management and board retreat held in Abuja. According to him, projects implemented through will go a long way in closing the energy gap and enlivening unserved and underserved Nigerians.Speaking under the theme of the retreat, which was, “Institutional Strengthening for Sustainable Development”, Agba said that renewable energy was the quick solution to bridge the electricity gap in the nation, pointing out that that was reason why the federal government planned to continue to optimise it.
“We must not lose sight of Vision 30:30:30, aimed at raising the generation capacity to 30,000MW by 2030, of which 30 per cent will be from renewable sources.“ While drawing in quality investments and private sector participation in the space, this administration’s efforts to improve energy access through on – and off-grid electrification solutions are commendable.
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Already, we can see how pivotal this agency is to this vision and the critical roles it must continue to play in the global conversation on energy transition and off-grid electrification, ‘’he said.He reiterated that REA was undertaking a series of reforms to enhance the workforce, improve the institutional systems, and pursue innovative programming strategies.
“I am delighted that the REA has consistently proven to be a forward-leaning agency, open to learning and continuous improvement. I am confident in the current REA management and board. We all witness the positive effects of their leadership and dedication to the agency’s unprecedented growth and impact.
“Beyond the quality exchange of knowledge and optimisation of expertise, a healthy and productive collaboration is desirable for an agency such as the REA, ‘’ he said.
By Kene Okafor