Feature: Let’s Change the Generator Republic Narrative

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by Ayo Akinfe

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Given that this Nations Cup has led to South Africans nicknaming Nigeria Generator Republic, our government should be shamed into acting by coming up with an action plan that looks like this

[1] As from October 1 2024, no building in Nigeria will be granted a Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) unless it has solar panels installed on its roof

[2] As from 2026, all buildings in Nigeria must have solar panels installed on their roofs. Not having one will attract prosecution with the risk of the property being forfeited to the federal government

[3] By the end of 2025, all public buildings in Nigeria must be fitted with solar panels

[4] By the end of 2026, every local government area in Nigeria must have constructed and commissioned a micro-grid that can distribute enough electricity to power its territory

[5] By the end of 2026, every state government in Nigeria must have constructed and commissioned a mini-grid that can distribute enough electricity to power its territory

[6] By January 1 2027, each of Nigeria’s eight coastal states must have built an offshore wind farm

[7] By January 1 2026, every state must have a minimum of one solar farm that measures at least 10 square kilometres

[8] By January 1 2027, all street lights in Nigeria must be powered by solar energy

[9] By January 1 2027, every industrial estate in Nigeria must generate its own power. All such industrial estates will be disconnected from the national grid by October 1 2027

[10] As from January 1 2025, it will be illegal to import electricity generators into Nigeria

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