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Primary Energy Sources, Way Forward To Sustainable Electricity In Nigeria – NIEEE

The Nigerian Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, NIEEE, has reiterated the need for continuous effort in the power sector in Nigeria to achieve the required status and sustainability.

The National Chairman of NIEEE, Michael Akan, an Engineer, made the assertion at NIEEE Fellows round-table meeting titled: “Power Sector: Plan, Programs and Policies for Sustainable Development”, in Lagos.

According to him, the NIEEE as an institution will continue to contribute its quota both by way of policy and tactical delivery as professional engineers.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Chairman of NIEEE Board of Fellows, FNIEEE, Isaac Adekanye, also an engineer, restated that all hands must be on deck to provide sustainable energy for the teeming consumers.

The keynote speaker at the event, A A Esan, said that the demand-supply gap in Nigeria’s power sector needed urgent attention.

He added that there should be an integrated resources planning for the power sector in Nigeria.

Mr Esan emphasised the need for a good master plan for electricity needs with cognisance of primary energy sources in Nigeria.

“Energy master plan is more crucial now than ever before, the gap in demand supply is really driving the sector.

“As a way forward, power supply should align with ECOWAS power access to rural energy policy because the value chain in Nigeria’s agricultural sector is rural based.

“Global objectives of poverty reduction, job creation, increased standard of living, urban rural migration and youth participation in agriculture would only be achieved if the government provides access to rural energy,” he said.

The Guest Speaker at the event, Moses Alade-Jebutu, said that Nigeria urgently needs to improve its power sector due to its rapidly growing population.

He said that Nigeria’s journey to sustainable electric power supply would be unhindered if hurdles including effective justice and rule of law, strong political will and technology innovation were adequately surmounted.

Mr Alade-Jebutu said that one of the strongest drivers of sustainable economic development in which electric power supply was inclusive was effective justice and rule of law.

According to him, massive looting and nonchalant attitudes must be addressed if Nigeria desires a sustainable secured electric power supply.

He added that the electrical sector required continuous yearly investment which required strong political will on the part of the government at various levels in Nigeria.

He maintained that technology also occupied an important position in achieving sustainable development goals.

Also speaking, Akinsola Cole, FNIEEE, said that Nigeria needs to re-access its energy policies in line with its economic plans and sustainable developmental programmes.

He called for effective usage of energy data available both within and outside Nigeria to develop gas infrastructure for power generation to achieve effective economic growth.

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