Due to scarcity of funds and lack of reliable data the dream of getting electricity to rural communities across the country.
The Chief Executive Officer, Rural Electrification Nigeria Agency (REA), Mrs Damilola Ogunbiyi, said;
Nigeria need to provide adequate information to people living in rural and semi-urban areas, before it could effectively utilise the $200 million loan expected from African Development Bank (AfDB).
She also spoke during the week at the 2018 edition of the Nigeria Off-Grid Innovations and Summit in Lagos.
According to her, the misery of the power industry is poor funding and access to reliable data on the people who need electricity.
Mrs Ogunbiyi said: “A lot of private organisations do not have thousands or millions of dollars to provide electricity in Nigeria.
When people say there are 50 million or 40 million people without electricity in Nigeria, I keep asking myself questions such as:
Where are the people? What are they doing? What is their productive use? What are the solutions on ground to meet their needs? These are some of the informations that are needed to be hunted for, if we want to solve their energy problems.
Ogunbiyi said government should not think that power programmes or policies would materialise without the involvement of the private sector, noting that such has never worked in the past.
Also, Shell’s Managing Director, Mr Osagie Okunbor, said private participation is key to the issue of resolving energy crises in Nigeria.
He said it is not possible for a company to invest substantially in a project, without considering the economic benefits of such project, stressing that passion is making Shell to do such things.
He said Shell desire is to close the energy gap in the country, adding the issue made the firm to set up On All, an energy driven solution company, with a view to providing electricity to communities, that do not have electricity to create the much-needed growth for their people.
Okunbor said Shell, despite being a partner in the Nigeria Liquefied and Natural Gas (NLNG) Limited, where its holds 26.5 per cent shares alongside the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NLNG), also see the need in providing gas to thermal plant for improved supply of electricity mostly in the rural areas.
The issue made Federal Government to introduced what its describes as gas development strategy.
Through this, the government hopes to make gas more utilised and commercial in the country.