Reacting to the detail of the 2020 national budget, Mr Kunle Olubiyo, President Nigerian Consumer Protection Network, a Civil Society Organisation(CSO), urged Federal Government to establish renewable energy based off -mini grid to increase access to electricity.
The renewable energy-based off-grid and mini-grids solutions offer significant opportunity to increase access to reliable electricity services.
Olubiyo commended the president for proposing N127 billion for the power sector and emphasised the need for the establishment of renewable off -mini grid models in each of the senatorial districts.
He said that this would complement the national electricity grid saying that this was the quickest way to address the challenges of the Nigerian power sector.
“Government should focus on the low hanging fruits in Nigerian power sector by encouraging the establishment of Off Renewable Mini Grid Models in each of the senatorial districts of the country.
“This is about 10 Megawatts taking into consideration the energy and areas of comparative advantages.
“The off mini-grid using Emerging Technology, Clean Technology and Renewable should be one in each of the three Senatorial Districts per state and this should be tied to the establishment of Agro and Industrial Clusters.
“The tariffs for this should be market driven and not over- regulated. It should be on willing buyers -.willing sellers,” he said.
Olubiyo said that budget was a hopeful projection meant to keep Nigerians happy but however, there seem to be huge gap between reality and projections in the country.
“Why not limit the budget to a little threshold below the present realities of daily production taking into consideration all the variables and budget base 5 dollars below the current selling price of crude.
“So that excess of these could be saved in National Sovereign Wealth Funds, Excess crude oil account, ‘’he said.