45% of Nige­ri­ans still lack elec­tric­ity - FG

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Si­mon Echewo­fun Sun­day

Up to 45 per­cent of the Nige­rian pop­u­la­tion does not have ac­cess to elec­tric­ity but re­lies on tra­di­tional en­ergy sources for their cook­ing and pro­duc­tion ac­tiv­i­ties.

A di­rec­tor from the Fed­eral Min­istry of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy who rep­re­sented the erst­while Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita said yes­ter­day that the present pat­terns of en­ergy pro­duc­tion, dis­tri­bu­tion and use glob­ally are not sus­tain­able and there­fore needed to be changed.

Speak­ing at the launch of the Nige­ria En­ergy Cal­cu­la­tor 2050 (NECAL) in Abuja, the per­ma­nent sec­re­tary said the sit­u­a­tion was com­pro­mis­ing the so­cial and eco­nomic stan­dard of the pop­u­lace.

The Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, En­ergy Com­mis­sion of Nige­ria (ECN), Prof. Eli Jidere Bala said the cal­cu­la­tor was aimed at analysing the in­ter­ac­tions be­tween the en­ergy de­mand and sup­ply of the coun­try and the ef­fect of gas emis­sions from 2010 to 2050.

The Nige­rian ver­sion of the 2050 Cal­cu­la­tor was de­vel­oped along with the United King­dom’s Depart­ment of En­ergy and Cli­mate Change (UK-DECC) started in Novem­ber 2013 with the train­ing of some ECN of­fi­cials in the art.

The tool was launched by Sec­re­tary to the Gov­ern­ment of the Fed­er­a­tion (SGF), Engr. David Lawal Babachir.

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