A university Professor and energy expert, Professor Abubakar Sani Sambo, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Environmental Design, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, has expressed concern over the scarcity of electricity supply in Nigeria.
This was contained in a statement signed and made available to ‘Smarts News’ by the information officer of Sokoto State University, Zayyanu Shehu, who said, Professor Sambo, OON, NPOM, who was a former Vice-Chancellor, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, disclosed that only sixty-two percent (62%) of the Nigerian populace have access to electricity supply. He made the disclosure at the 3rd Public Lecture Series of the Sokoto State University, on Tuesday, 18th January, 2022.
Speaking on the topic ” Harnessing Local Renewable Energy Sources: A panacea For Tackling Global Energy Crises in the 21st Century “. The University Don said the problem of the energy sector in the country could not be unconnected with inconsistent policy formation and implementation, over the years.
“You know, in this country, there is no sustainability of policy, whenever a new government comes into power, it will abandon previous policies by its predecessor, either good or bad and this does not augur well for us”, he stated.
Professor Sambo, who was also a former Director-General of the National Energy Commission of Nigeria and one time, Vice-Chancellor of the Kaduna State University, pointed out that, while the consequence of lack of electricity could be felt by all, remarked that no one suffers more than the entrepreneurs as operating businesses on generating sets is capital extensive.
He further said that Nigeria is endowed with resources that could generate sufficient electricity for its populace. The energy expert canvassed for the generation of electricity via solar and other renewable sources, where Nigeria has a comparative advantage, stressing that it is high time we explore our abundant solar energy to generate electricity as did by other developing and developed countries of the world.
He called on relevant stakeholders in the energy sector to look into alternative energy at the local, state and federal levels and at the same time, encourage research activities, based on Nigeria local resources and challenges.
He further stated that if energy researchers do not rise to the challenges, Nigeria would remain a mere consumer or recipient of energy from foreign countries, which, according to him, Nigeria had a comparative advantage over.
The Hon. Commissioner for Energy and Petroleum Resources, Sokoto State, Hon. Aliyu Balarabe Dandinmahe, who served as Chairman of the Occasion, Said the theme of the lecture was apt and timely, stressing that the State-owned Independent Power Project has the generation capacity of 4 megawatts of electricity, which would complement the one given to the State by the National grid.
He further disclosed that the State Government would continue to collaborate with foreign partners to generate more power for its populace.
Earlier in his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor of Sokoto state University, Sokoto, Professor S. M. Dangoggo encouraged the participants to listen attentively in order to benefit from the lecture. He further promised that the lecture would be educative and informative because the Guest Speaker is an authority in the area of renewable energy and the theme of the lecture was carefully selected.
In his goodwill message, the Hon. Commissioner, Ministry for Higher Education in the State, Professor Bashir Garba, MFR, described the Guest Lecturer as an astute scholar. He said Professor Sambo was the most qualified personality to speak on the topic, being knowledgeable in the sector.
Similarly, the Vice-Chancellor of Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Professor L. S. Bilbis, applauded the effort of Sokoto State University, Sokoto, for organising the public lecture, which is 3rd in the series.
Professor Bilbis, who was represented by his Deputy in charge of academic activities, Professor M. G. Mahuta, urged the Institution to maintain the tempo. He further congratulated the University for hosting a successful event.
In a vote of thanks, the Registrar of the University, Hajiya Amina Yusuf Garba, mni, MON, expressed the appreciation of the Management, Staff and the entire students of the University, to all those who graced the occasion, particularly, the Guest Speaker, Professor Sani Sambo, OON, NPOM; Chairman of the Occasion, Hon. Aliyu Balarabe Dandinmahe; and Professor Bashir Garba, MFR.