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Renewable energy: FG reiterates commitment to electrify 5m homes



Renewable energy: FG reiterates commitment to electrify 5m homes

By Edith Ike-Eboh

The federal government said it has ordered several sites in the country’s six geopolitical zones to fulfill its pledge to electrify five million solar-powered homes by 2023.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said this by declaring open this year’s Seplat Energy Summit in Abuja.

Osinbajo, who was represented by Minister of State for the Environment, Sharon Ikeazor, said the effort was part of the country’s direct energy pact.

He said the project, which is expected to affect 25 million people, will also create 250,000 jobs.

“The implementation of this work is underway with several sites commissioned and executed by the private sector and government support,” Osinbajo said.

He noted that the federal government was eager to follow to a logical conclusion its national energy system and policy through renewable energy, in order to ensure a cleaner source of energy for Nigerians.

“Over the next decade, every aspect of the national energy system is expected to be affected by climate and energy policy.

“However, the transition must significantly accelerate its scope to achieve SDG 7 in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change, while achieving the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.

Nigeria has developed its energy transition plan which has three main goals to achieve universal access to energy by 2030, zero emissions by 2050 and industrialization to reduce poverty and boost economic growth.

“While this plan has given us a roadmap with which we can accelerate our transition, it has also demonstrated the skill of the effort required.

“The transformation of the energy sector offers many opportunities for sustainable economic development, social inclusion, energy security, improved health, job creation and other societal benefits, if achieved. in a fair way.

Renewable energy will also create new jobs and stimulate new industries and can contribute to sustainable urban development,” Osinbajo said.

He said that to achieve all of these goals, policies supporting the deployment and integration of renewable energy and energy efficiency must go hand in hand with a broader set of policies.

Osinbajo said these policies must ensure that industrial and other economic capacities are aligned with the resumption of COVID-19 and other environmental goals.

Seplat Energy President Ambrosie Orjiakor noted that the company has started to increase production of LPG to replace dirty energy sources for a cleaner environment.

“Our real message for the energy transition is the fact that there is a change in relation to the energy mix that the world needs; that the environment of Nigeria and Africa demands.

“So this means that while the whole world is talking about the climate action plan, there is a consensus that disasters are the result of human activities on the planet.

“But it has been identified that carbon dioxide emissions are related gases, in particular greenhouse gases are responsible for depleting the ozone layer and causing excessive global warming.

“Solving this problem is why you hear zero emissions, carbon neutrality and zero fuel forsil.

“At Seplat, our goal is to provide a renewable energy solution to society; that’s why we exist. Our vision is the transformation of life through energy, ”said Orjiakor.

The group’s chief executive, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, Malam Mele Kyari, said the company would continue to use the opportunity to transform the country’s energy sector.

“We are taking advantage of the time because it has been said that even in 50 years we will still have up to 100 million barrels, because we are not out of the oil age.

“We should be looking for a transition that would work for everyone in this part of the world; we are not giving up the use of gas, especially LPG, ”Kyari said.

Mr. Simbi Wabote, executive secretary of NCDMB, said the organization has already taken instructions for the energy transition and acted as a catalyst, and also involved in investments that project gas.

Source: NAN

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