30th November, 2022
The Federal Government of Nigeria has inaugurated the National Consultative Committee on Renewable Energy statistics.
This was announced on Tuesday by the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Adeleke Mamora at the opening ceremony of the National Energy Statistics workshop in Abuja.
According to him, the inauguration is critical to reliable data on renewable energy.
He said, “The constitution and inauguration of the Consultative Committee is a necessary and critical instrument in having reliable data for planning and research purposes, particularly now that climate mitigation hinges mostly on the transition.
Mamora said the committee, which will comprise all relevant government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, as well as non-government actors and the private sector, will operate by a term of reference.
“It will have terms of reference to provide a common platform to share renewable energy statistics, achieve greater coordination and avoid unnecessary duplication of effort and provide the mechanism for and harmonization of renewable energy statistics to support the National Energy Databank of the Commission as the repository of bankable energy data in Nigeria.”
In his welcome address, the Director General/CEO Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN), Professor Eli Jidere Bala, reiterated the importance of the commission.
“It is important to state here that the petroleum statistical data is collated by the National Consultative Committee on Petroleum Statistical Data established by the Ministry of Petroleum. However, no consultative committees on Coal, Bitumen, Radioactive sources, Electricity and Renewable Energy. ECN has initiated the establishment of the National Consultative Committee on Renewable resources.
“ECN has also collaborated with the ECOWAS Commission with the support of the European Union in the implementation of the 11 European Development Fund (EDF) on Energy Governance programme in West Africa (AGOSE-AO) with the primary objective to harmonize and validate 2021 energy data for compiling commodity balance-oil gas, coal, electricity, renewables and consolidated Energy Balance.
“With the national consultative committee, we will have more reliable and acceptable data for planning and investments.” Professor Bala noted