Constant electricity supply still preserve of Nigeria’s rich – NNPC boss, Mele Kyari

The Group Managing director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari; on Tuesday, February 11, lamented that electricity remains a luxury and exclusive reserve of the rich.

The NNPC chief said many Nigerians were still struggling to afford a day’s meal let alone electricity.

Kyari spoke at the Nigeria International Petroleum Summit in Abuja.

The summit was tagged: “Widening the integration circle: Technology, knowledge, sustainability partnership”.

Kyari said the government must address the issue of power supply before it can go into renewable energy.

“For this country and very many of us in sub-Saharan Africa, what we worry about today is actually the meals of today.

“There are many who can’t afford a meal a day. And of course, electricity is largely a luxury; it’s only for the elite, like all of us here.

“It is the dream of very many to have I-pass-my-neighbour in their homes. When you say, ‘do not use fossil fuel,’ but you have not provided alternatives.

“The world has not looked at their situation. The world has not recognised that there is abject poverty in the communities.

“We have to resolve the issue of electricity; so that we can talk about renewable energy in the future and reduce the use of fossil fuel that has a high impact on the environment.

“We know that there is an energy transition in the world. With time, there will be less dependence on fossil fuel.”

Kyari also said gas remains the cheapest source of power; and that efforts must be made to stop flaring it in the country.

“We have gas in abundance, we must create the infrastructure that will help create gas for power generation.

“We need the power to create jobs and we must create prosperity so that we can have peace in our country.”

Ng daily

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