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NEPAD, UNDP, Others Partner On Sustainable Energy

Posted: Aug 7, 2015 at 12:22 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Tunde Opeseitan,  Lagos


The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have begun partnership on modalities for the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All initiative (SE4ALL) programme in Nigeria.

Other partners in the project, which is said to have been tremendously successful so far, included Federal Ministry of Power, Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN), ECOWAS Centre for Renewable and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), African Development Bank (AFDB) and Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

The Sustainable Energy for All is an initiative of the Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), Ban Ki-Moon, to address the global energy challenge especially in the rural areas.

NEPAD as the flagship programme of the African Union (AU) is coordinating the platform to produce a National Action Agenda. The core team of stakeholders under the platform of NEPAD and UNDP are synergizing to create a National platform for the actualization of the Agenda in Nigeria.

The objective of the programme is focused on three key areas; doubling the share of Renewable Energy in the Energy Mix; doubling the rate of Energy Efficiency; and doubling universal access to Energy for all by 2030.

Towards achieving this target, a National Action Agenda with broader National perspectives was presented by Federal Ministry of Power and Energy Commission of Nigeria, and both are being collapsed into a world class SE4ALL to be accompanied by National Investment prospectus.

The meeting, according to a statement signed by Olatunji John, Communication Officer, NEPAD Nigeria, is the 6th in the series and is presently implementing the 1st phase of the 5-phase Action Agenda development process.

John added that the programme was being co-chaired by Director, Programme Development and Implementation, NEPAD, Sunday Dan Ogu, Odele Mayiwa (UNDP) and Prof. Ken Ife, a consultant with World Bank and ECOWAS.