An expert in the power sector, Dr Magnus Onuoha, has urged the Federal Government to concentrate on-grid based electricity generation, transmission and distribution in urban areas as a solution to the nation’s power challenge.
Onuoha said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday.
According to him, apart from vandalism, the high density of electricity demand in the country also accounts for the deteriorating state of all the electricity value chains in Nigeria.
He, therefore, advocated the concentration of on-grid based electricity in urban areas which, though less populated, has high electricity demand density.
On the other hand, rural areas should be powered using off-grid solutions and mostly renewable energy. This is because it would be a cost-effective policy, reduce the pressure on on-grid power supply and will drive Nigeria’s desire for a comprehensive renewable energy policy.
Onouha, who is also the President of the Sustainable Energy Practitioners of Nigeria (SEPAN), advised the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) to re-invent itself as the renewable energy development agency.
He said it was germane for the establishment to focus on the promotion of off-grid and mini-grid renewable energy solutions, especially in the rural areas.
This, he said, can be achieved via collaboration with private sector investors and other stakeholders in the power sector.
The expert advised the government not to relent in its effort at a strategic engagement of Niger-Delta militants as a favourable outcome would spell an end to pipeline vandalism and its attendant consequences.