FG restates resolve to bridge electricity supply gap

Federal government said it was set to harness more resources in providing the rural populace with electricity.
Minister of state for power, Mohammed Wakil, disclosed this while receiving a delegation from Super Solar Nigeria Limited (SSNL) led by Prof. Jerry Gana.

He said it was not palatable to know that 70% of Nigerians live in rural areas where-as access to electricity was very low.
He said federal government had resolved to deploy renewable energy, especially solar to complement gas – fired plant, to bridge the gap.
He informed that the ministry was putting finishing touches to the Presidential Initiative on Renewable (PIR), which he said would be the fore-runner to the National Policy on Renewable (NPR), also at the threshold of being promulgated.
He assured the new entrants in the renewable energy sub-sector of attractive incentives that would enable them recoup their profit sooner than expected, adding that government would soon give tax incentives and waivers to them.
He said Nigeria was prepared to key-into the global interest in renewable energy because of its clean nature, adding that the public private partnership (PPP) model was assured of government support, saying it would help the country fast-track power generation aimed at meeting the existing gap.

Leader of the delegation, Prof. Jerry Gana, said the delegation’s plan was to complement the passion to deliver on power by President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
He said the super-solar group was ready to deploy a new technology across Nigeria, adding that up to 3,000mw can be generated with the support of government in no distant future.
He assured that the goal of government in achieving uninterrupted power supply would soon be realised, as the project would give the required breathing space pending the resolution of gas to power issue.