Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, said yesterday that the country would broaden its energy mix to guarantee accessibility by all Nigerians.
Onu said this in Abuja when he received Dr. Urban Rusnak, Secretary-General, International Energy Charter, and his team in his office in Abuja.
“Renewable energy will occupy a very prominent part in that energy mix and the Energy Commission of Nigeria and other research institutes within the ministry of science and technology are working on different aspects of energy.
“We are working in the area of renewable energy, solar energy, wind energy, bio-energy and also small hydropower energy.
“The research is very useful because, as the knowledge is transferred, the technology is used in our ministry of power. We believe that many Nigerians in the rural areas can benefit from these areas,” he said.
Onu stated that Nigeria was doing a lot to increase power generation and a number of measures were being put in place in this regard.
On the International Energy Charter, Onu stressed that it was important that Nigeria becomes a member of the charter for a number of reasons: “Just as the world is in transition in terms of renewable energy, Nigeria is also in transition.
“We are also confident that, from tomorrow, we will be benefiting more from the charter you have done a lot of work for over one quarter of a century.
“And that is a lot of experience we will be tapping into as a country to help us to meet many of our needs.”