The United States House of Representatives have on Monday passed the Electrify Africa Act into law. The act which have spent two years trying to get the measure of both chambers will now go to President Barack Obama for assent.
I had earlier written on the call made by Africa Energy Leaders Group ably led by Chief Aliko Dangote and Mr Tony Elumelu calling on the United States House of Representatives to pass the Electrify Africa Act into law.
It seems the call was yielded as the bill is reported to provide a framework for a major public-private partnership between the United States and sub-Saharan African countries to help millions of people gain access to reliable electricity.
According to the House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce of California, the Electrify Africa Act seeks to address the massive electricity shortage that affects the everyday lives of millions of people.
He also added that “It is a direct response to the fact that today 600 million people living in sub-Saharan Africa — that is 70 percent of the population — do not have access to reliable electricity.”
The Act is welcomed with a lot of applause from Africans especially those who reside in Nigeria.
In 2013, Obama outlined a Power Africa Initiative, which aims to grant first-time access to electricity to 50 million people by the year 2020. The Electrify Africa Act should help make that goal a reality by providing a framework for companies to invest in promoting energy solutions in Africa — without costing U.S. taxpayer dollars.