19 July 2017, Sweetcrude, Lagos – Over one billion people lack access to power supply worldwide, the World Bank has said.
According to data gathered by SweetcrudeReports from the World Bank database, a total of 1.03 billlion people worldwide, are presently without electricity.
India ranks lowest in the access to electricity data, with 269 million of its people not having access to electricity.
Nigeria is second to India, with 75 million people in need of electricity, according to data.
Ethiopia is third lowest with 68 million people, while in Bangladesh, which occupies the fourth position, 63 million people lack access to power.
Other countries shared the total of 555 million people yet to have access to power supply.
In 2014,, around 15 percent of the world’s population had no access to electricity.
Nearly half were in rural areas of Sub-Saharan Africa, and nearly a third were rural dwellers in South Asia.
In all, 86 percent of people without electricity lived in rural areas, where the provision of infrastructure is a big challenge.
In 2017, just four countries – India, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Bangladesh – are home to about half of all people who lack access to electricity, the World Bank data showed.