n CPEEL Monograph Series - Emerging issues and challenges in universal rural electricity access in Nigeria




One of the major challenges confronting economic and social development in Nigeria currently is the poor access of the rural economy to electricity. From the earlier discussion the numerous efforts (both in the past and those ongoing) by all tiers of government and the international development organizations have not translated into significant positive outcomes in terms of substantial expansion in access of the rural population to stable and adequate electricity. The importance of universal electricity access to the rural economy and population is highlighted in Figure 10, which shows the linkages between universal rural electricity access and the economic, social and environmental factors. However, the rural populace is bedevilled with many problems of modern energy services, especially that of electricity. The objectives of this section are to examine the emerging issues and challenges, and how the challenges can be harnessed to opportunities.


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