Though a larger part of the global population had more access to electricity in the last decade, Nigeria still falls behind in this sector.
This was proven by a report released recently by the World Bank titled ‘Universal access to sustainable energy will remain elusive without addressing inequalities’.
The top financial institution named Nigeria among the three countries with the biggest electricity deficits in the world.
According to the report, “Significant progress has been made since 2010 on various aspects of the Sustainable Development Goal 7, but progress has been unequal across regions.
“While more than one billion people gained access to electricity globally over the last decade, COVID’s financial impact has made basic electricity services unaffordable for 30 million more people, the majority located in Africa.
“Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia had the biggest electricity access deficits, with Ethiopia replacing India in the top three.”
Also, Nigeria was listed among the top 20 countries that have access to clean fuel and cooking technologies.
The report added that “Of the top 20 countries with greatest number of people lacking access to clean fuel and technologies for cooking, 10 are located in Sub-Saharan Africa (Nigeria, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Mozambique, Madagascar, Ghana, Niger).
“Six are in Eastern Asia and South-eastern Asia (China, Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar, Viet Nam, the Democratic Republic of Korea) and four are in Central Asia and Southern Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan.