Daily Trust (Abuja)

7 December 2012

Nigeria: Minister, Sambo Canvass Support for Energy Master Plan

The Minister of Science and Technology, Professor Ita Okon Bassey Ewa and the Director General of the Energy Commission of Nigeria, Professor Abubakar Sambo on Wednesday called for the support of stakeholders towards the enactment of energy laws to guide the energy sector.

They both spoke at the opening session of a stakeholders' forum on the National Energy Master Plan (NEMP) in Abuja.

The minister said it has become crucial not to only to design and develop a National Energy Master Plan on the basis of which sustainable development the country can be assured, but also to ensure the successful implementation of the plan.

According to him, the NEMP is the guide for the implementation of the National Energy Policy, being a blueprint for the sustainable development, supply and utilization of the various sources of energy available.

On his part, the Director General of Energy Commission of Nigeria Professor Abubakar Sambo said a policy could not be implemented until it is broken down into a road map and becomes law.

He said a committee was set up by the federal government in 2006 to produce the energy master plan. The event was therefore to sensitize relevant stakeholders on the content of the plan which will pave way for the public hearing by the National Assembly before it becomes an Act.

He said when implemented, the Vision 2020 would become easy to achieve.

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