Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, has assured Nigerians that solar energy will be fully exploited and there would be massive positive changes in the next one year. While inspecting some solar power stands at a Trade Fair organised by the Department of International Development (DFID), the Vice-President promised there would be a revolution in Solar Energy in Nigeria in the next one year.
Yemi Osinbajo said that the Buhari-led administration will no more stand and watch Nigerians find it difficult to access electricity especially the residents of rural areas.
“This is the time to jump in and we are all set to do that” he said.
“This is very exciting for us and of cause Grant (Mr Shapps – UK Minister of State for International Development) has been extremely supportive not only encouraging everyone and pushing and bolding everyone but I think that in providing all of the support and the various suppliers and all of the various people who have been working on solar power for so long.” Yemi Osinbajo further added
“We are really excited to be here and I am sure that in the next one year when you hear about us it will be quite a story to tell.”
“Nigeria will be the place where all of the example will be set for the rest of Africa. We are really looking forward to.’’
In Yemi Osinbajo’s words the trade fair is “really inspirational for us when we look at the share enormity of what we have to deal with.”
“I am speaking of Nigeria alone and they have no access to power at the moment. I just have to look in round again and see what is possible. I think we really have to go and go very quickly.” he continued.
“I think that every day means that we actually can do cheaper solar power and the technology appears to be getting better by the minute; we can’t afford to wait until it is cheaper.’’ He said.
The CEO and Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC), Mrs Uju Hassan – Baba reiterated the need for Nigeria to fully explore alternative power opportunities at its disposal.
“Renewable energy is the only way to go because if we are going to wait for connection to the grid then it means that thousands of Nigerians in the rural areas will not have access to electricity, children will not be able to do their homework, entrepreneurs will not be able to start up.
“Definitely, you have heard the Vice President, Nigeria is squarely on board in this campaign to light up Africa and the NIPC will definitely facilitate any investments that are coming into Nigeria to ensure that the regulations and incentives will be reviewed to support the light up Africa campaign.’’ She said.