Mr. President Approves DG, ECN As Focal Point On Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI)

The President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has approved the designation of the Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN), Professor Eli Jidere, as Nigeria’s focal point on the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI).

AREI is an inclusive, transformative, Africa-owned and Africa-led effort to accelerate and scale up the harnessing of the continent’s huge renewable energy potential. Under the mandate of the African Union and endorsed by the Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC), the Initiative is set to achieve at least 10 GW of new and additional renewable energy generation capacity by 2020, and at least 300 GW by 2030.

The Africa Renewable Energy Initiative has two over-arching goals. These are:

  1. to help achieve sustainable development, enhanced well-being, and sound economic development by ensuring universal access to sufficient amounts of clean, appropriate and affordable energy; and
  2. to help African countries leapfrog towards renewable energy systems that support their low-carbon development strategies while enhancing economic and energy security.