Published On: Thu, Feb 20th, 2014

FG TARGETS 75% CONNECTION TO NATIONAL GRID BY 2020

Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo

The Federal Government on Monday in Abuja said that by 2020, more than 75 per cent of the population and households would be connected to the national grid for regular electricity supply.

The Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, expressed the optimism at the opening ceremony of the 7th annual conference of the Nigerian Association for Energy Economics with the theme: ‘Energy access for economic development: The policy, institutional framework and strategic option.’

He said, “We are getting these things ready. Government is investing a huge amount of resources to make sure that most communities in Nigeria that are not connected to the national grid eventually get connected. That is going to happen. By the grace of God, it will not be long. By 2020, more than 75 per cent of all Nigeria’s population and all households will be connected to the national grid.

“What the government of President Goodluck Jonathan has already put in place is dynamic with infrastructural development that is not only conceived, but also being implemented in extensive grid transmission, and will soon make a national grid that will make it possible.

“By the grace of God, we will be able to achieve that, and for those that are not connected to the national grid, we are making efforts to make sure that they have power upgrade that is sufficient for them to regard themselves also as first class Nigerians.”

Nebo explained that the Federal Government was developing a robust renewable energy policy and also integrating energy efficiency and conservation in the policy.

“We are going to segregate between pure renewable energy policy, energy efficiency and conservation policy. So, we are working now to make sure that very soon, that will be made something for all Nigerians, and that is why we are trying to make sure that we get all the stakeholders involved in the realisation of this policy so that nobody will say they are not consulted,” he added.

The minister also stated that from the recent vandalism of the nation’s gas pipelines, the Federal Government had learnt not to depend on only one source of energy.

According to him, the Federal Government has, in its energy policy, decided to go beyond a monolithic energy source to the development of an energy mix to complement gas.

He said the Federal Government had already started a 700-megawatt hydroelectric project in Zungeru, Niger State.

The minister added that very soon, the government would commence the development of the Mambilla Hydro Power project in addition to the adoption of renewable energy from wind, solar, biomass and biofuel.

Nebo explained that Nigeria was yet to utilise coal to generate power due to the absence of proven adequate quantity of coal in the country.

The Federal Government, he stressed, was working on a bankable feasibility study for coal to power projects.

According to him, for the country to venture into coal to power as a source of energy, there must be proof of adequate quantity that will last for 25 to 30 years.

source: http://www.punchng.com/business/business-economy/2020-fg-targets-75-connection-to-national-grid/

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