Keeping the lights on or off: tracking the progress of access to electricity for sustainable development in Nigeria

Oluwafisayo Alabi, Aisha Abubakar, Astrid Werkmeister, Suki Dauda Sule

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Abstract

This paper is focussed on employing satellite night lights (SNLs) to investigate access to electricity across the geographical regions in Nigeria. Specifically, we explore how SNLs interact with human and socioeconomic development indicators (population, poverty, and household consumption) to demonstrate the implications of slow and/or delayed progress in closing the electricity access gap in Nigeria. Our findings suggest that minimal progress has been made and there remains significant evidence of disproportionate spread of electricity across the country with most of the electricity visibility concentrated in the Southern regions, state capitals and industrial centres. Crucially, policy challenges and trade offs emerge. On one hand, is the need to address the long-standing issue of stranded and underutilised assets around power generation, transmission, and distribution and how these balance (or not) against additional and new capacity to enable sufficient, reliable and sustained electricity supply. On the other hand, is the challenge of ensuring that closing the access to electricity gap in Nigeria is done in a way that is just, fair, and equitable, with no part of society becoming worse-off or excluded.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1535-1558
Number of pages24
JournalGeoJournal
Volume88
Issue number2
Early online date3 Jul 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2023

Keywords

  • Nigeria
  • sustainable development
  • electricity provision

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