REA boss gives reasons why Nigeria’s rural electrification projects are delayed

Lack of reliable data and paucity of funds may scuttle the dream of supplying electricity to rural communities across the country, the Rural Electrification Nigeria Agency (REA) Chief Executive Officer, Mrs Damilola Ogunbiyi, has said.

She spoke during the week at the 2018 edition of the Nigeria Off-Grid Innovations and Summit in Lagos. She said Nigeria needed to provide adequate information on people living in rural and semi-urban areas, before it could effectively utilise the $200 million loan expected from African Development Bank (AfDB).

According to her, the bane of the power industry is poor funding and access to reliable data on the people who need electricity. Ogunbiyi also 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.

Source: The Nation

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