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We’ll provide solar-powered electricity to Nigerians by 2023 – FG


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The Federal Government has vowed to fulfil its promise of electrifying five million Nigerian homes with solar energy by 2023.

Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo stated this while declaring open 2021 Seplat Energy Summit in Abuja, explaining that several sites have been inaugurated in the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria to actualise its goal.

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

He explained that the project, expected to affect 25 million people, would also create 250,000 jobs.

“The implementation of this job is underway with several sites commissioned and being executed by the private sector and support from government,” he added.

The Vice President noted that the federal government was eager to follow to a logical conclusion its national energy system and policy via renewables to ensure a cleaner source of energy for Nigerians.

He said; “Over the next decade, every aspect of national energy system is expected to be affected by the climate and energy policy. However, the transition needs to speed up significantly its scope to achieve SDG 7 in line with the goals of the Paris agreement on climate change but while at the same time achieve 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.

 

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