The federal government has said it is seeking private sector partnership to address lull in power distribution faced by a vast majority of rural dwellers residing in communities far away from the grid network.
According to the government, these rural dwellers constitute the majority of about 50 per cent of Nigerians who have no access to electricity.
According to a United Nation’s analysis, Nigeria’s poor rating on access to electricity ranks the country as one of the countries in Africa that “remains in significant energy poverty.”
The UN under secretary-general and special representative of the secretary-general, Kandeh Yumkela, who spoke at the international legacy lecture series held at the Bamanga Tukur African Renaissance Centre in Abuja, in 2014, stressed the need for a focused public policy, and Public Private Partnership (PPP) among others, to end energy poverty in Nigeria.
The minister of power, Chinedu Nebo, who spoke on the power glitch, explained that the government is looking at tapping into a combination of unexploited opportunities which include coal, hydro and, most importantly, renewable energy to address the challenge.