THE federal government has blamed high population growth for the country’s inability to meet the energy needs of its citizens and business outfits. Babachi Lawal, secretary to the government of the federation, who laid the blame in a speech at the inauguration of the Nigeria Energy Calculator developed by the Energy Council of Nigeria in Abuja on Wednesday, October 28, said effective planning was strategic to sustainable energy development in the country.
He said concerted efforts must be made by all stakeholders to address the nation’s intractable energy crisis. “The growth in energy demand far exceeds supply principally due to high population growth rate and expansion of economic activities. It is in realisation of the dire need for enhanced energy security in the country that the Federal Government adopted the dual strategy of increasing capacity as well as diversifying the energy supply base.
“In line with the government’s agenda for change, this administration is committed to ensuring that all national resources are optimally mobilised to power our development aspiration,” Lawal said.
— Nov 9, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT