Deputy Vice Chancellor (Development Services) University of Lagos, Professor Folasade Ogunsola has said that over 600 million people in Africa lack access to electricity.
According to Professor Ogunsola, Nigeria must embrace the use of renewable solar energy to increase access to electricity in Africa and Nigeria.
While maintaining that the digital revolution requires energy, the don attributed low access to electricity to high population growth rate and uneven development.
She stated this in Ibadan while delivering the 7th annual public lecture of the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA).
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.
In his speech, Vice Chancellor University of Ibadan, Professor Idowu Olayinka who was represented by the Provost College of Medicine, Professor Oluwabunmi Olopade-olaopa said that Africa researchers must conduct locally relevant researches that the leapfrog the continent into a global power.
According to him, African scientists are more relevant to solving Africa’s problems.