“The huge majority of 70 per cent of people affected by energy poverty are women and girls,” these were the words of Olasimbo Sojinrin the Country Manager, Solar Sister Nigeria and NGO that provides energy in the form of durable and affordable lights, cook stoves and lamps.
Speaking at an advocacy workshop in Abuja, Sojinrin revealed that half of the population lives in rural areas in which one in four people have access to electricity, the huge majority of 70 per cent of people affected by energy poverty according to her; are women and girls.
“What we have in Nigeria is that one in three people is actually not connected to the national grid and so they are in perpetual darkness.
“Families spend 30-40 per cent income on household energy (USA average is 5%), over 2/3 of Nigerians are dependent on biomass for cooking and indoor air pollution is the 3rd highest killer in Nigeria. So, what solar system does is to give them access to modern, clean energy which they can use to light their homes as well as cook.
“Solar Sister produces durable and affordable lights, cook stoves, lamps and so on. So, the beneficiaries of this organisation have been able to impact the lives of the communities in which they stay, thereby people don’t have to be in darkness,” she said.
She said Solar Sister was in the vanguard of creating a world where women and girls are drivers of a sustainable energy movement in a rapidly growing clean energy sector to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable solutions to climate change.