DEPUTY Vice Chancellor (Development Services), University of Lagos, Folasade Ogunsola, has said that over 600million people in Africa lack access to electricity.
Prof Ogunsola said Nigeria should embrace the use of renewable solar energy to increase access to electricity in Africa and Nigeria.
Speaking while delivering the 7th annual public lecture of the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA), in Ibadan, Tuesday, the university don maintained that the digital revolution requires energy and attributed low access to electricity to high population growth and uneven development.
She advised the government to urgently work on how to control the population, saying unless the population is controlled, infrastructure development will not match a geometrically growing population.
While commenting on the need for Nigeria to have data for the future, the don advised the Nigerian governments to address health care system problems holistically.
Prof Ogunsola maintained that for Nigerian health institutions to be ready for the future, it must digitize patient records in an electronic management system.
“The digital revolution is dependent on energy. The access rate to electricity in Africa has been slowly rising since 2000 and currently stands at 43percent but Africa accounts for 600million of the one billion people globally without access to electricity. The projection for sub-saharan Africa is that access will double by 2030 but there will still be about 600million without access due to high population growth rates and uneven development. This low rate of access can be turned to a major advantage with the embrace of renewable energy such as solar energy”, she noted.
In his speech, Vice Chancellor University of Ibadan, Prof Idowu Olayinka who was represented by the Provost College of Medicine, Prof Oluwabunmi Olopade-olaopa said Africa researchers must conduct locally relevant researches that can leapfrog the continent into a global power.