The Lighting Africa programme for Nigeria, a joint initiative of IFC and the World Bank Group, has commenced in the country.
The initiative will help increase access to affordable, clean and safer lighting for more than 30 per cent of Nigeria’s population who live in rural areas, and have low incomes and no access to grid electricity.
Lighting Africa mobilises the private sector to build and develop markets that enable access to clean, affordable, quality lighting products by fostering partnerships among local and global manufacturers and creating new channels through local distribution companies that will help build robust supply chains for off-grid lighting products.
Itotia Njagi, programme manager for Lighting Africa said, “Lighting Africa is helping to build a market to bring off-grid lighting and energy services across Africa by establishing quality standards, investing in consumer education, creating a favorable investment climate, and supporting innovative business models. As we foster these partnerships among all parties in the industry, various opportunities would be explored and our goal of inclusive electrification would be achieved in Nigeria.”
Eme Essien Lore, IFC country manager for Nigeria, said, “Part of the World Bank Group’s targeted interventions in the power sector includes off-grid solutions that make access to power more inclusive. These solutions, mostly solar powered, will reduce the hazards of using fuel based energy resources, improve the climate and accelerate development in Nigeria.”
The expansion of the Lighting Africa programme to Nigeria supports the World Bank Group’s Energy Business Plan. In the plan, each World Bank Group institution will leverage its competencies and products to provide solutions to projects that encourage their viability and contribute to the sustainability of Nigeria’s power sector to underpin the government’s ambitious privatisation and reform programme.

Folashade Olubayo
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