Under Secretary and Special Representatives of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, UN, Dr Kandeh Yumkela, on Monday, in Abuja, said about 70-to-80 million Nigerians lack access to electricity, and 80 per cent of the nation’s population still dependent on firewood and charcoal for cooking. He UN diplomat gave as consequences of exposure to charcoal, premature death and cancer in women, among others.
Yumeka said this at a lecture organised to mark the 79th birthday of former Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chairman, Bamanga Tukur. Speaking on:“The New International Development Agenda: Energy Transition and Sustainable Development,” Yumekela said that Africa lagged behind other countries of the world as regards the availability of electricity for domestic uses.
Globally, 600 million Africans have no access to electricity, Africa remains the most energy poor. Linked to this, Yumekela says, is access to water. He said the solution requires “a stable polity, focused public policy, public private partnership, among others, in order to end energy poverty.”