The World Bank is disturbed that in spite of various interventions to address energy crisis in African continent, only about 24 per cent of the Sub-Saharan Africa population could access electricity.
Mr. Wagor Haider, World Bank’s senior specialist on energy disclosed this at a workshop on “Policy Framework for Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy” in Abuja.
He said installed power generation capacity is very low at the present 39 mega- watts per million population, and noted that the situation resulted in regular outages and load-shedding in more than 30 countries.
According to him, the number of those without access to electricity was projected to rise from 590 million in 2008 to 700 million in 2030 following the continent’s growing population.
He said that the continent was endowed with resources that could provide more than two sources of energy if well harnessed, and urged the continent to explore renewable energy.
Describing the energy sector as the major engine of social, economic and industrial growth, the specialist insisted that renewable energy was more economical compared to grid-based extension of electricity network, and expressed confidence that renewable energy would address the nation’s erratic power supply situation if widely explored.
On the efforts of the bank in Nigeria’s power sector, Haider said the bank carried out the Transmission Development Project in 2001, in partnership with the Federal Government.
Chris Oluoh, with agency reports