The House of Representatives has urged Federal Government to focus on the exploration of renewable energy such as nuclear, solar, biomass, and wind as nationwide alternative sources of power supply to Nigerians.
The resolution was passed sequel to the adoption of a motion sponsored by Mr. Chukwuma Umeoji.
In the bid to achieve the feat, the House urged the present administration to establish a clear investor-friendly framework for Private Sector investment in alternative power supply across the country.
In the same vein, the House mandated its Committee on Power to liaise with relevant stakeholders in the public and private sectors to develop the best strategies for sustainable alternative and renewable energy distribution in the country.
In a lead debate, Mr. Umeoji said the major driver of sustainable economic development growth is reliable electricity supply, which is the front burner of government initiatives.
According to him, electricity in Nigeria is generated through thermal and hydropower sources from fossil fuels especially gas, which accounts for eighty-six percent of the capacity with others from hydropower sources.
He noted that a nation plagued with epileptic power supply must suffer delayed development and the risks associated with the loss of potential investors in the market.
The lawmaker said the country’s inability to achieve a stable power supply over decades is due to over-reliance on gas, insisting that the hydroelectric power sources needs to be reviewed.
He expressed concerns that traditional diesel generators emit greenhouse gases dangerous to the environment and heading to an era of natural disasters.
Mr. Umeoji also expressed concerns that the lack of electricity supply in rural areas is detrimental for businesses to thrive, resulting in rural-urban migration which leaves the rural areas grossly underdeveloped.