Stakeholders at a workshop on viability and affordability of clean energy solutions for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSMEs) have called for the adoption of renewable energy saying it is the only solution to MSMEs productivity.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the workshop yesterday in Abuja, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Climate Transformation and Energy Remediation Society, (CLIMATTERS), Mr.
Smart Amaefula, said adopting renewable energy solutions in Nigeria will be a win-win solution for the MSMEs and Nigeria’s enviro-economic sustainability He said businesses in Nigeria were not maximising their potentials in terms of productivity and income generation because of lack of sustainable power supply.
“The worst hit of these situations are the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
According to SMEDAN and the National Bureau of Statistics, there are over 37million (Micro-36,994,578, Small68,168, and Medium-4,670) enterprises in Nigeria and they account for more than 84% of jobs in the country.
“It is also estimated that MSMEs also account for about 48.5% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and about 7.27% of goods and services exported out of the country.
“Regrettably, almost all these MSMEs power their businesses with generators in the face of erratic national power supply (NEPA).
Not only do these SMES lose income generation, they are highly and constantly exposed to various health dangers associated with inhaling the fumes from the generators,” he lamented.
He stated further “these SMEs do not have reliable access to alternative energy, and do not know about alternative energy and those who know complain of high cost of divesting to cleaner energy, therefore, are compelled beyond grave circumstances to operate their businesses using the traditional energy source that is dirty and poisonous.
“If renewable energy is succeeding in other smaller African countries like Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, why would it not also succeed the country we claim to be “The Giant of Africa”.
We don’t really mind if competition will drive Nigeria and these other smaller African countries to invest renewables.
“It would be a shame if the Giant of Africa continues to suffer in energy poverty for her socio-economic activities while, those other smaller African countries will rather become ‘the mouse that roared,” he said.
However, the director, Renewable Energy at the Nigeria Energy Commission, Prof.
Joseph Dioha, said adoption and investment in renewable energy will solve the problem of power supply.
He commended participants at the workshop and urged them to embrace and take advantage of the opportunities in the sector to boost their businesses.
One of the beneficiary of solar power initiative and the chairman, Lagos State Babber Association, Mr.
Efe Obiuwevbi, sharing his experiences said venturing into the use of solar power has solved the problem of power outages in his business.
He said it has reduced his expenditures on fuel, servicing of generator and increased his take home.
Speaking with journalists on the sidelines of the programme, Obiuwevbi said he has double his income since he started using solar power.
“Since I started using this solar power, my income has increased, now I have peace of mind and constant customers.
“Before now I make N25,000 in a month and after removing the expenses on fuel and maintenance, I may be left with N13,000 but now with the adoption of solar power, I make over N45,000 monthly.