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Don identifies renewable energy as panacea to curb incessant collapse of national grid

A don, Dr Ovat Oyama, says increased investment in renewable energy will be the   panacea to curbing the epileptic power supply caused by incessant collapse of the national grid.


Oyama, who lectures Economics at the University of Calabar, Cross River ,  stated this  in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday  in Lagos.

According to him, harnessing the prospect of renewable energy is the antidote in bridging the power gulf  in the country.

“ Renewable energy has the capacity to address our power needs both domestically and on industrial scale.

“ It is environmentally friendly and causes little or no emissions to the climate,” he said.

He noted that many developed countries were shifting from conventional hydro energy to renewable ones, because it is the energy of the future.

He added  that the nation’s economy with so much magnitude, must not be allowed to experience irregular power supply with  the availability of alternative energy.

“ Alternative energy sources such as solar can meet our domestic energy demands, especially, in areas where there  are regular sunlight.

“Also,   turbines powered by winds should be constructed in desert prone areas where there are unending winds, “ he said.

NAN reports that the nation’s electricity grid has collapsed 108 times after the power sector was privatised, according to data from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).

The TCN, which manages the national grid, is still fully owned and operated by the government.

While the TCN says the grid has a wheeling capacity of 8,100MW, the highest power generation ever attained in the country stands at 5,375MW.

Edited By: Vivian Ihechu/Peter Dada (NAN)

Vivian Ihechu: is a graduate and a professionally trained journalist, with experience in national news reporting/editing and verification at the News Agency of Nigeria. NNN is a Nigerian online news portal that publishes breaking news in Nigeria, and across the world. Our journalists are honest, fair, accurate, thorough and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting news in the best interest of the public, because truth is the cornerstone of journalism and they strive diligently to ascertain the truth in every news report. Contact: editor[at]nnn.com.ng

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