The Head of the EU Delegation to Nigeria and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS, Ambassador Ketil Karlsen, has unveiled a solar tree at the Delegation's Office Complex in Abuja, to highlight the EU’s commitment to improved access to improved renewable solar energy in Nigeria.
The Delegation will be beaming the searchlight on renewable energy in coming months its potentials in bridging the gaps in Nigeria's energy sector. Ambassador Karlsen said the solar tree, which is already powering a section of the office complex, is mean to spotlight EU's current actions in Nigeria's renewable energy sector and, as well, highlight the use of the sun as a source of energy.
”On the occasion of Europe Day this year, we decided to put the spotlight on one particular issue that is vital for everything else and that is the accessibility to affordable energy.
”For the availability of jobs, it is absolutely vital that businesses can thrive and for businesses to thrive it is important that they have access to affordable energy in order to compete,” Ambassador Karlsen said.
According to him, the EU has set aside €165 million for intervention in Nigeria's energy sector, with the aim to improve energy access to over 90 million Nigerians and business owners without access to energy.
The amount is supplemented by other financing opportunities with specific funding for Nigerian businesses in order to promote better use of renewable energy in this country.
”We thought that instead of preaching this we should walk the talk ourselves by making use of renewable energy sources for our own day to day work.
”Now we need to reach out to the people that need renewable energy all over Nigeria.
”We are meeting and working closely with federal and state counterparts to see how life-changing it could be when people who do not have access to affordable energy all of a sudden have it, this also affects business owners,” he said.