Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun
Faced with the challenge of inadequate allocation of power from the national grid, Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State is exploring alternative energy options to ensure adequate supply of electricity to the state.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Energy, Mr. Taiwo Fagbemi, told journalists at the weekend that the state government was worried that only less than 300 megawatts of electricity was being allocated to the state from the national grid.
He stated that the state government would organise a Nigeria Alternative Energy Expo (NAEE) later this month to woo investors to tap into the energy potentials in the state.
Fagbemi said by leading the way in planning for alternative power solutions, the government would increase the state’s power threshold and also guarantee rural electrification.
“Through this Expo, we are demonstrating our commitment by improving environmental stewardship, while also lowering our reliance on diesel power generation. Improving the energy efficiency our nation’s industrial facilities is critical for development and the environment,” he said.
He confirmed that 10 reputable investors and exhibitors had indicated interest in the Expo, adding that these confirmed exhibitors had committed to invest at least $150 million in the state’s energy sector.
Fagbemi said the NAEE was designed to enable investors stay abreast of development and highlight issues affecting the energy industry and also provide strategies, technologies and policies covering the wind, solar, biofuel, hydrocarbon, geothermal, ocean/tidal wave, among others.
“Recently, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the National Science Technology and Infrastructure (NASENI) and Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agencies of Nigeria (SMEDAN) announced their endorsement and partnership of the event and we believe this is a step in a positive direction,” Fagbemi said.
He noted that Nigeria currently generates between 3,500mw and 4,000mw to her 162 million inhabitants; compared to 40,000mw being generated in South Africa for her population of about 50 million.
He said the country’s inadequate supply of electricity to her population had given alternative energy a lead way in pioneering the development of the country.
Fagbemi acknowledged that President Goodluck Jonathan had made reforming the power sector a priority and a significant upsurge in electricity output, which would further improve the lives of the average Nigerian.