23 April 2015, Abuja – The United States’ Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. James Entwistle, on Wednesday explained how his office had been able to save N20m in electricity charges each year.
Speaking at the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Alumni Mentoring Series Earth Day Programme in Abuja, Entwistle noted that poor electricity supply was not helping the nation’s economic development efforts and the environment.
He said, “One area of ongoing concern is Nigeria’s power utility system. We are all frustrated by the sporadic power outages that negatively affect both our personal and professional lives. These disruptions affect nearly all businesses, but are most detrimental to manufacturing companies.
“Many Nigerian businesses and households are not lucky enough to have climate-friendly power backup systems, relying instead on inefficient diesel generators. Those generators are now estimated to form the largest block of Nigeria’s carbon dioxide emissions. Establishing a reliable, environmentally friendly electrical grid should remain a top Nigerian government priority.”