Nigeria to prioritize renewable energy

Titilayo Ipinjolu

Dr Ibe Kachikwu in Abu Dhabi

Nigeria needs to give serious consideration to renewable energy as the solution to its energy challenges.

This was the submission of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, while speaking on the sidelines of the World Future Energy Summit currently in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Dr Kachikwu ,acknowledging crude oil and gas were exhaustible resources, opined that the way to make energy accessible to Nigerians in every nook and cranny of the country was to exploit renewable energy sources.

“We need to refocus a lot more effectively on alternative energy resources, particularly solar energy,” he said.

He added that “There is really no reason why a country like Nigeria should not have more of its power supply from solar.”

President Buhari  is very focused on this. This is something we are going to apply a lot more energy to in the days ahead.

He said he did not believe that the exploration of renewable energy would pose a competition to the petroleum industry but rather would complement it as petroleum alone could not meet the energy need of the country.

We can produce crude and fire gas,but ultimately, the only way to sustainably reach every nook and cranny and every citizen of our country with some level of power supply is to look towards natural sources such as solar, wind, and water resources. Solar used to be very expensive but the cost is dramatically coming down”, he concluded.