Nigeria’ll continue to invest in renewable energy – Osinbajo

The federal government would not relent in its efforts to improve the power sector including providing off-grid solutions such as renewable energy in order to transform the nation’s economy, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, said on Tuesday. 

Osinbajo said this when he received a delegation from Total Group, led by its chairman, Mr Patrick Pouyanne, who paid him a courtesy call at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

He said the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is making concerted efforts towards improving power generation in the country such as using solar energy to provide power for sections of the populace.

He said government would be ready to partner with the private sector such as Total that have indicated interest in making investments not only in oil and gas, but also in electricity and renewable energy.

“There is a lot of work that has been done to provide off-grid alternatives such as solar power. We have done quite a bit through the Energizing Economies Initiative, to provide clean and affordable electricity to Nigerians in economic clusters. 

“It would be interesting to see some pioneering efforts in this area of renewable energy; it is a good opportunity to do something in this area and would be a major contribution to Nigeria’s energy needs,” he said. 

The vice president commended the group for its contribution to the economy, especially with an increase in local content, stressing that he hoped for a more robust relationship between the group and the Federal Government.

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