From Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja
The House of Representatives has resolved to probe Ministries, Departments and Agencies ( MDAs) over utilization of renewable energy grants received between 2015 to date.
Consequently, the House mandated its Committee on Renewable Energy to undertake the investigation. The committee is expected to report back to the House within four weeks for further legislative actions.
This followed the adoption of a motion by Jesse Onuakalusi,  on “need to investigate investments in renewable Energy Sector and Foreign Grants
received from 2015 till Date. “
The lawmaker recalled that ” in December, 2023, the World Bank approved 750 million dollars facility to boost  Renewable Energy in Nigeria, with the objective of providing over 17.5 million Nigerians with  improved access to electricity through distributed Renewable Energy solutions.
“In 2020, the federal government launched a 200 million dollars renewable  energy project tagged ‘Nigeria Electrification Project (NEP)’ to provide off-grid energy to
over 500,000 people across 105,000 households in rural communities in Nigeria with facilities
sourced from the African Development Bank (AfDB). “
He added that “in 2023, the Rural Electrification Agency reported that over 2 billion  dollars in renewable energy has been attracted in the past decade without any noticeable
improvement. “
Nevertheless, he expressed worry that despite the  huge investments and foreign grants to develop the renewable
energy sector and improve power supply, there have been “no visible contribution from the renewable energy
mix to the national grid has been recorded. “
Onuakalusi added that “the dysfunctional electricity generation and supply system remain abetted,  contrary to the objective behind the purpose-driven government investment and grants attracted
and received to develop the renewable energy sector. “

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