Nigeria needs sustainable energy supply to achieve Vision 2020 – Minister

*Nigeria's Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu.

*Nigeria’s Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu.

Oscarline Onwuemenyi

26 July 2016, Sweetcrude, Abuja – The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has advocated for a secured, equitable and environmentally sustainable energy supply if Nigeria must fulfil the vision 2020:20.

The Minister made this submission during a two-day technical validation workshop on Sustainable Energy For All (SE4ALL) Conference, in Abuja, said only through partnership with private companies and international organisations can the country achieve its aspirations of becoming one of the most industrialised nations in the next few years.

He said the Federal Government committed to the acceleration of the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency in the country through the National Energy Policy, the Renewable Energy Master Plan (REMP) and the vision 2020-20.

Onu stated that this can be achieved through the transformation of the nation’s economy from one based mainly on fossil fuel to a low carbon economy based on renewable energy and energy efficiency.

The Minister said though sustainable energy for all initiative which was a global agenda was launched in 2011 during the United Nations General Assembly, it was important for all relevant stakeholders to deliberate in making it an action-plan for the realisation of sustainable energy for all in the country.

The Representative of the United Nations Development Program UNDP Country Director Mr. Muyiwa Odele pointed out that the SE4ALL initiative, will go a long way to complement government’s efforts at increasing Nigeria’s access to electricity and other modern energy services for economic growth.

Odele said it has become imperative to meet the energy need of many Nigerians both in the rural and urban areas, through the promotion of renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency.

According to him, “The UNDP has been working tirelessly in partnership with the Energy Commission of Nigeria ECN and support from the Global Environment Facility GEF to put in place minimum energy performance standards for lighting and refrigerators for regulation of Sub-Saharan products.

“And also the establishment of standard energy efficiency testing laboratories for quality standardization for the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON).”

Odele announced that the UNDP and ECN energy efficiency project which is parts of its contribution to ongoing national efforts to rebuild the Northeast which was destroyed by the terrorist group Boko Haram, in off-grid communities has been extended to ten more communities in Adamawa state.

The Director of the Energy Commission of Nigeria Professor Eli Jidere Bala said the agency has been working with other stakeholders since 2012, when the sustainable energy for all initiative was launched in Nigeria to domesticate the United Nations initiative in the country.

He explained that through series of workshops and meetings held since 2012, it was time for the preparation of country-specific action agenda across government ministries and departments, to bridge the gaps earlier identified in line with an international template.

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