The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, has said that Nigeria needs affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy resources to eliminate widespread energy poverty and drive economic growth.

He said this at the Nigeria-Africa Natural Resources and Energy Investment Summit in Abuja.

According to the minister, energy poverty is still prevalent in the world, especially in Africa where millions of people do not have access to electricity or clean cooking fuels.

Quoting data from the United Nations, he said that about 760 million people lack access to electricity worldwide, with three out of four of them living in sub-Saharan Africa.

He added that one-third of the world’s population (about 2.6 billion people) had no access to clean cooking fuels, with over 900 million of these in sub-Saharan Africa.

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