Off-Grid Solutions Necessary for Nigeria’s Power Problems – Okonjo Iweala

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Former Nigerian Minister for Finance and current Commissioner at the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has said the solution to Nigeria’s power problem lies in off-grid initiatives that are climate friendly and which also promote sustainable development.

Okonjo-Iweala, who spoke at the Conference of Parties (COP 21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, (UNFCCC) in Paris, France, said Nigeria needs to get the private sector involved in the power sector, adding that government must look at renewable and off-grid solutions like solar power generation.

She added that the solution for climate change lies in Africa because of the opportunity to build renewable infrastructures on the continent. Okonjo-Iweala also said African countries should divert funds used in fossil fuel subsidy towards the generation of renewable energy.

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