- It may take Nigeria another 100 years to start enjoying a steady electricity supply, an expert has said
- According to Professor Adesina, Nigeria cannot continue to rely on fossil energy resources
- Adesina said the country is grossly under-performing as the electricity-facilitated quality of lifestyle remains low
Professor Adesoji Adesina, a popular chemical engineer has said that it may take Nigerian power sector another 100 years to be able to provide steady power supply.
The don said this while delivering the First Nigerian National Merit Award Winner’s Lecture at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Tribune reports.
According to him, if the country keeps relying on fossil energy resources as it has been doing over years, enjoying stable power supply is not possible.
He said there is the need to diversify the country's energy sources into areas like wind and solar, as the nation as been grouped as underdeveloped on human capacity because of his unreliable energy.
“And if the current attitude is maintained, we will need about 100 years to be in the same position that high human development countries are today,” he pointed out.
He listed the high human development countries to include China, Iran, Malaysia, and Mexico among others.
“So, Nigeria needs immediate and sustained action on renewable electricity less carbon emission both to reduce the vulnerability to climate change and international economic fluctuations
“And these renewable energy resources for us as a country are wind, solar, hydro, biomass, nuclear and geothermal, among others," he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the minister of power, works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, on Wednesday, March 27, stated that “almost 24 hours” of electricity supply is now being enjoyed by some states in the country.
It was gathered that the minister said the increase in transmission capacity was responsible for the increase in electricity supply.
He, however, pointed out that the major challenge in making power available all the time has been the distribution networks; even as he said transmission grew with about 8,100 watts as of December 2018.
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