Abuja – Nigeria aims to produce 4 000 megawatts of electricity per year to diversify the country's energy supply.
The country stepped these initiatives by appointing an eight-member team to lead such efforts.
Inaugurating the committee to help develop a framework for thermal power, the Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, said the country was presently too reliant on hydro-electric power.
“No nation can survive on only one or two energy sources.
"It is imperative for a country, especially a developing country like Nigeria, to have a well-balanced energy mix. In this instance, coal comes to the rescue,” Nebo said.
The country has over 639 million tons of unmined coal spread across 13 states in the country.
“Nigeria is blessed with abundant array of coal deposits spread in 13 states of the federation. Significant commercial quantities are evident in a belt spanning Enugu, Benue, Kogi, Nassarawa and Gombe states.
“We are making sure that this coal is converted to power. It is likely that this coal belt when utilised can give in excess of 4000 additional megawatt of electricity,” said Nebo.
Nigeria produces 6 gigawatts of electricity, which is meagre for a population of over 160 million people.
While it has vast natural gas, coal, and renewable energy resources that could be used for domestic electricity generation, the country lacks policies to harness resources and develop new electricity infrastructure.
- CAJ News