The Minister of Power, Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola, has advised Nigerians to consider the use of solar energy, in meeting up with their electricity needs.
Fashola, who gave the advice in Lagos at a book launch, said the use of solar energy will reduce pressure on the national grid.
The book titled “Solar Electricity Generation for off-grid communities in Nigeria”, was written by the Managing Director, Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) Mr. Oladele Amoda.
Fashola advised Nigerians, to invest in solar energy, saying it remains the energy for the future.
He said “Solar energy is very important to reach Nigerians living in various communities that are difficult to reach by the Disco.
The minister, however, allayed fears of Electricity Distribution Companies (Discos) over the deployment of more solar power through mini-grids and other Federal Government initiatives aimed at improving service in the power sector.
He commended Amoda’s initiative in authoring a book, that would address power sector challenges adding that the book presentation was timely, as the power sector would start to witness dry session by next month
The minister said that power generation has increased from 2,600 megawatts to 7, 000 megawatts, while power wheeled out was gradually increasing to 7,000 megawatts.
Also speaking at the occasion Prof. Bart Nnaji, a former Minister of Power, commended Amoda for his painstaking research and knowledge input, in a book addressing power sector challenges and proffering solutions.
Nnaji, said renewable energy remains a major channel to power sector growth and development, especially in rural communities in Nigeria.
He urged stakeholders in the power sector, to support the minister in developing the sector to deliver desire results in the country.