The report highlights the importance of electricity access for essential services such as education and healthcare facilities. It also stresses the significance of good regulatory and policy frameworks, regional cooperation, and technological innovation in addressing the access deficit. The report urges governments in Africa to prioritize the deployment of digital technologies and the interoperability of components to enhance energy access and stimulate cross-sectoral effects.
As Nigeria grapples with the challenge of providing electricity to millions of its citizens, the report serves as a crucial resource for policymakers and stakeholders in shaping strategies to overcome the electricity access deficit and improve the lives of Nigerians.
- Nigeria Leads in Lack of Access to Electricity: A joint report by the International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the United Nations (UN), and the World Health Organisation (WHO) has identified Nigeria as the country with the highest number of people without access to electricity. With 86 million Nigerians lacking electricity, the report sheds light on the significant electricity access deficit in the country.
- Sub-Saharan Africa Struggles with Electricity Access: The report underscores the electricity access challenges faced by sub-Saharan Africa. Half of the population in the region still lacks access to electricity, with the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Ethiopia following Nigeria closely with 76 million and 55 million people without electricity, respectively. These three countries account for a substantial portion of the global population without access to electricity.
- Bridging the Access Gap: The report emphasizes the urgent need to bridge the electricity access gap, particularly in poor and remote regions. It calls for an annual growth rate of one percentage point from 2021 onwards, which is nearly twice the current pace. To achieve this, the report suggests policies that demonstrate political commitment and maximize the socio-economic benefits of electricity access, with a focus on vulnerable populations.