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Rep. Sam Onuigbo Advocates for Renewable Energy to Drive Industrialization in Nigeria

A former Member of the House of Representatives and sponsor of Nigeria’s Climate Change Act Rep. Sam Onuigbo has emphasized the potential of renewable energy to fuel Nigeria’s industrialization agenda.

Speaking in series of address at the 14th International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly and related events in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, he lamented Nigeria’s vast energy market with approximately 90 million underserved individuals.

Rep. Onuigbo hailed the government’s commitment to creating conducive environments for renewable energy investments, noting that initiatives such as the Constitutional amendment transferring electricity regulation from the Exclusive List to the Concurrent List, as well as the enactment of the Electricity Act 2023, which supports off-grid and mini-grid power generation and distribution.

Onuigbo outlined key policies and actions, including the Climate Change Act, the Clean Cooking Policy aiming for universal clean cooking energy access by 2030, and recent subsidies provided for solar hybrid mini-grids in underserved areas through a World Bank loan under the Distributed Access through Renewable Energy Scale-up (DARES) project.

Despite Nigeria’s potential as an investment hub for renewables, Rep. Onuigbo cautioned international investors against repeating past mistakes seen in the telecommunications sector revolution.

He urged them to seize the opportunity for mutual growth and development.

The events in Abu Dhabi convened a diverse array of stakeholders, including investors, innovators, academics, business leaders, and government representatives, to discuss strategies for achieving global commitments to triple renewable energy capacity by 2030 and drive sustainable growth.


By Dare Akogun


Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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