#Nigeria: Sokoto to Harness Renewable Energy to Tackle Power Issues

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It is evident that the renewable energy sector is gaining weight across the world. Major partnerships and investments, as well as policies, not to mention the renowned Paris Agreement have been making the rounds, lately.

On its part, the Sokoto State Government has appealed to the Federal Government to deploy resources and expertise to the state in its bid to develop wind and other alternative energy sources. Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal admitted that Nigeria’s desire to have sustainable and affordable electricity could not be achieved without diversification of the country’s energy sources.

He said, “In Sokoto the potential to generate electricity from hydro, carbon and solar sources is high. But I am very particular about wind energy because it has not been explored in the past. All that is needed is a political will and organisational capacity and capability to bring all stakeholders together and produce result.”

According to the governor, past efforts to enable States and LGAs generate, transmit and distribute electricity have been held up till now by a lot of bureaucratic processes and this may have aided in putting an end to the erratic power supply in the country.

In the meantime, the Sokoto government has expressed readiness to collaborate with the Kingdom of Morocco in the development of solar energy and fertiliser management for the benefit of its citizens.

Renewable energy sources provides reliable, cost effective and environmental- friendly alternative to fossil fuel. Recent studies have shown that their significance will continue to increase over the coming decades.

The government needs to fine-tune its renewable energy policy agenda towards backing development and deployment of renewable energy, especially solar power across all sectors of the economy.

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