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The Nigerian Minister of State for Power, Goddy Jedy-Agba, has reiterated the federal government’s commitment to achieving the target of sustainable energy for all (SE4ALL) in 2030. The announcement was made by the minister at the recently held 7th Nigeria Energy Forum (NEF 2022) in Lagos.
The NEF 2022 was organized under the theme “Energising Economic Growth and Sustainability”. Jed-Agba mentioned that the country had a sustainable electricity vision of achieving 30 GW by 2030, of which 30% will be produced from renewable energy sources.
According to the Minister, the Nigerian government collaborated with the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) to conceive and develop the country’s renewable vision platform. The collaboration was launched under the Nigerian Energy Support Program (NESP), an initiative funded by the European Union and serves as a hub for a data-driven electrification program.
Nigeria’s Presidential Power Initiative (PPI) in Phase one seeks to modernize, rehabilitate and expand the national grid by investing in the electricity value chain. The country’s renewable energy action plan has put a clear policy on renewable energy and energy efficiency.
James Christoff, the Canadian High Commissioner-designate in Nigeria, said that Canada is open to more bilateral cooperation in the power sector with Nigeria. Canada will assist the West African country in achieving the transformation of its power sector.
Christoff commended the Nigerian government on the implementation of the SE4ALL Action Agenda in support of Sustainable Development Goal 7, which seeks to implement the contribution of 30% capacity in the energy mix via renewable energy by 2030. Canada will take a sustained, collaborative, and broad-based effort to build a cleaner, greener future that will improve the lives of Nigerians.
The High Commissioner commented, “The prospects of clean energy leapfrogging conventional sources are certainly within reach for Nigeria, particularly in light of rising diesel costs, and partly due to the increased market penetration of renewable energy solutions. This includes solar home systems, isolated and interconnected mini-grids, captive solar solutions for commercial and industrial customers, and more.”
The federal government has also signed an implementation agreement with the German multinational conglomerate Siemens for an electrification road map with the goal of resolving the existing challenges in the power sector and expanding its capacity for Nigeria’s future power needs.