Nigeria has reiterated its commitment to achieving 30 GW by 2030 with 30% renewable energy.
At the seventh Nigeria Energy Forum held on July 25, Minister of State for Power Goddy Jedy-Agba said that government of Nigeria has worked with German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) under the Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP), funded by European Union, to map out their blueprint for renewable vision platform. This is to serve as a hub for data-driven electrification planning and implementation.
The project's goal is to increase energy access while facilitating investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and data-driven electrification planning and implementation. An agreement for electrification has also been signed between the federal government of Nigeria and Siemens. It aims to address current power sector issues and increase capacity to meet the nation's future energy demand.
“Nigeria is ready because there is a clear policy on renewable energy and energy efficiency. Our Renewable Energy Action Plan has put that in place, so, we can say that Nigeria is ready for renewable energy and some projects have already been embarked upon, which are providing clean energy to Nigerians,” the Minister said.
James Christoff, the Canadian high commissioner, stated that Canada was open to more bilateral collaboration with Nigeria in the power industry.
Canada will help Nigeria achieve transforming power sector, said Christoff. He explained that Nigeria must first establish a supportive environment where financial incentives are in line with their climate goals, which reflect larger commitments like climate change, unemployment, and economic growth.