The Federal Government has said that over 30 million Nigerians, especially those living in the rural areas are living in total darkness
According to the government, the affected areas are yet to be connected to the national electricity grid.
Power Minister Professor Chinedu Nebo said this in Abuja today while declaring open the Nigerian Renewable Energy Private Equity Seminar.
Nebo called for more private sector financing to improve electricity supply, especially to the affected rural dwellers.
The minister, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of his ministry, Godknows Igali, noted that the seminar was organised to sensitize investors, fund managers, policy makers and other stakeholders on the need to support the development of renewable energy in the country.
He said: “There is still a wide gap in power supply. Sadly for us here in Nigeria, we still have about 30 million people that do not have access to power at all.
“This is the reason the Federal Government is focusing on renewable energy, particularly off-grid solar and small hydros that would not need to depend on the national grid.
“The government is developing hydro-electricity. The financing process for the 3,050 megawatts Mambilla Hydro Dam will soon be completed and the plant will be flagged off by the President.
“There are 264 hydro dams which have not been fully utilised, so in this first quarter, government did a study and is fixing the turbines and other components in 12 of them to increase their generation capacity.”