Abuja, Nigeria — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 23 November 2011 – The Federal Government of Nigeria has reiterated its commitment to enhance the country’s power situation with increased input from renewable energy sources.
Repeating this undertaking in a Renewable Energy Day address here, environment minister Hadiza Ibrahim Mailafia said: “Nigeria is a fossil fuel based economy and the need to deploy sustainable means of powering the nation cannot be over-emphasised. Nigeria is very mindful of the need to turn to the abundant available renewable sources of energy technologies to meet the local needs of our increasing population,” she added.
Mailafia emphasised that the raw materials for renewable energy were free and added that investment in renewable energy would accelerate Nigeria’s quest of a green economy.
“Development must be carried out in a sustainable manner using renewable sources while bearing in mind that the environment sustains us all, and that degradation of the environment would lead to degradation of life as we know it,” she said.
In his address, power minister Barth Nnaji acknowledged the potential of renewable energy sources in the country. “Nigeria has a chance of getting its environmental issues right through the deployment of renewable energy. The more we deploy renewable energy, the more we strengthen our path towards sustainable and clean environment,” he declared.
He said that with renewable energy, Nigeria would be able to provide electricity to off-grid and inaccessible rural areas.
United Nations representative Daouda Toure said that the integration of renewable energy into the country’s energy mix was long overdue, considering the state of electricity in Nigeria.