About 75% of Nigeria’s 170 million people still live without access to regular electricity supply, the Nigerian Association of Energy Economists (NAEE) has said.
According to the NAEE, despite statistics indicating that 45% of the country’s population is currently connected to the national grid, regular supply is still restricted to just about 25% of the population, and that most of the people with access to electricity are found within the urban areas of the country, thus leaving citizens in the rural areas with less access to electricity supply.
The association therefore raised concern on economic redundancy in these parts of the country, adding that despite the importance of energy to economic development, large proportions of Nigerians still lack access to electricity.
National President of NAEE, Prof. Wumi Iledare, while briefing journalists in Abuja on the occasion of the ‘2015 World Energy Day’, pointed out that energy has contributed greatly to the transformation of the world and has provided comfort to the human race.
Iledare however noted that the association was concerned that majority of Nigerians do not have access to energy, stressing that for those with some form of access, availability and quality still remain major issues to contend with.
He added that despite the huge investments that have been made in the Nigeria’s energy industry by both the government and private sector, frequent energy shortfalls like incessant power outages and fuel scarcity are still a common occurrence, adding that this is even more pronounced in the rural areas.
Iledare urged the present government of President Muhammadu Buhari to dedicate priority attention to unlock the country’s huge potentials in solar, hydro and wind energy.