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Nigeria Wastes Gas Equivalent to Powering 4 Million Homes Amid Power Outages

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LAGOS – Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy, is burning off vast quantities of natural gas that could otherwise be used to power millions of homes, exacerbating the country’s persistent electricity shortages. Despite being rich in natural resources, Nigeria continues to struggle with unreliable power supply, forcing many households and businesses to rely on generators for electricity.

The practice of flaring natural gas, a byproduct of oil extraction, not only contributes to environmental pollution but also represents a missed opportunity to harness this valuable resource for domestic energy consumption. With an estimated 4 million homes potentially powered by the wasted gas, the country’s failure to utilize its natural gas reserves efficiently underscores the need for urgent reforms in the energy sector.

Nigeria’s energy infrastructure faces numerous challenges, including inadequate investment, outdated technology, and regulatory hurdles. The lack of access to reliable electricity hampers economic growth, undermines productivity, and perpetuates poverty in many parts of the country. Addressing these challenges requires coordinated efforts from government, industry stakeholders, and international partners to modernize the energy sector and improve access to clean and affordable power.

Investing in renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind, presents an opportunity for Nigeria to diversify its energy mix and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. By harnessing the abundant solar resources available across the country, Nigeria can expand access to electricity in rural areas and mitigate the environmental impact of traditional energy sources.

Efforts to address Nigeria’s energy challenges must also prioritize efficiency measures, including reducing waste and improving distribution networks. Investing in smart grid technology and energy storage solutions can help optimize the use of available resources and minimize losses along the supply chain.

Despite the challenges, there is hope that Nigeria can unlock its energy potential and provide reliable electricity to its citizens. With political will, strategic investments, and innovative solutions, Nigeria has the opportunity to transform its energy sector and drive sustainable development for the benefit of all its people.

Source: BusinessDay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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