President Muhammad Buhari has announced his government’s ambitious plan to provide electricity to 5m households in Nigeria so as to reduce energy shortcomings by year 2030.
He spoke in line with ‘Nigeria’s role as a Global Theme Champion for the Energy Transition’, theme of the High-Level Dialogue on Energy on the sidelines of the 76th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.
This was contained in a statement by the President’s spokesman, Femi Adesina, late Friday evening.
The president said: “Nigeria’s commitment to a just transition is reflected in our ambitious Energy Compact, which includes the Government’s flagship project to electrify five million households and twenty million people using decentralised solar energy solutions.
“This is a major first step towards closing our energy access deficit by 2030.
“Nigeria’s commitment is also reflected in the development of our Energy Transition Plan, which was developed with support of the UK COP26 Energy Transition Council.”
The President called for financial support from developed countries in order to accelerate a just energy transition for all.
“The focus of our discussions on transition must now evolve how we help countries develop detailed energy transition plans and commitments to mobilise enough financing to empower countries to implement those plans,” he said.
He stated that the scale of financing required for Nigeria to achieve net-zero, amounts to over US$ 400 billion across the Nigerian economy in excess of business-as-usual spending over the next 30 years.
“This breaks down to US$ 155 billion net spend on generation capacity, US$ 135 billion on transmission and distribution infrastructure, US$ 75 billion on buildings, US$ 21 billion on industry and US$ 12 billion on transport.
“As a global leader on the energy transition, it is imperative that I flag a major risk to development that stems from the current narrative around the energy transition, particularly on the role of gas and the lack of financing.
“Nigeria’s Energy Transition Plan has laid out our roadmap to reach net-zero and highlights the scale of the effort required, which includes the development and integration of renewables into current grid infrastructure at tremendous scale and electrification of all sectors.
“This is challenging for any country, especially a developing country. On our development objectives, gas will have a key role to play here for some years before being phased out,” he said.
President Buhari noted that these plans must also consider providing access to electricity and clean cooking solutions for those in Nigeria and other countries currently without access.
“Globally there are 2.6 billion people who lack access to clean cooking, which is unacceptable.
“Even more concerning is that solid fuel cooking in Africa causes almost 490,000 premature deaths annually, making it the second largest health risk in Africa,” he added.