We will provide solar-powered electricity to Nigerians by 2023 – Federal Government
The Federal Government has promised to electrify five million Nigerian homes with solar energy by 2023.
Prof Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President, stated this while declaring open the 2021 Seplat Energy Summit in Abuja, explaining that several sites have been inaugurated in Nigeria’s six geopolitical zones to achieve this goal.
According to NAN, Osinbajo, who was represented by Minister of State for Environment Sharon Ikeazor, said the effort was part of the country’s direct energy compact.
He went on to say that the project, which is expected to affect 25 million people, would also generate 250,000 jobs.
“The implementation of this job is underway, with several sites commissioned and being carried out by the private sector with government support,” he added.
The Vice President stated that the federal government was eager to complete its national energy system and policy through renewables in order to provide 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,” he said. However, the transition must be accelerated significantly in order to achieve SDG 7 in accordance with the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, while also achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
“Nigeria has developed its energy transition plan which has three core objectives of achieving universal access to energy by 2030, zero emissions by 2050 and industrialisation to alleviate poverty and drive economic growth.”
Osinbajo had in April said that government will roll out solar projects across six geopolitical zones in Edo, Lagos, Adamawa, Anambra, Kebbi and Plateau.