The Energy Giant of Africa?

Nigeria’s renewable energy industry is tiny by all means, despite excellent conditions for electricity production from solar, small hydro and biomass sources. If Nigeria covered only 1% of its land mass with solar panels, it could produce 192,000 megawatts of power, compared to the 4,000 megawatts that are currently available on the national grid. In his contribution to the Green Deal Nigeria study, Huzi Mshelia describes the manifold efforts on energy policy and regulation, which have so far resulted in little results.

By Huzi Ishaku Mshelia


In the past ten years of its democratic rule, Nigeria has experienced some major steps in initiating a political, social and economic reform process. Both public health and pension scheme have been implemented, tax reforms are under way to make the Federal and State Governments more independent from oil revenue, the revolution in the telecommunication sector improved the livelihood of millions of people in both rural and urban areas. With the contribution of the civil society, the Government was able to introduce a medium-term expenditure framework, to improve public procurement procedures and to establish a budget transparency office. The Foundation actively supported its partners to contribute to the development of these processes.