FG Plans Rebate for Owner Occupier to Promote Energy Efficiency in Buildings

Federal Government of Nigeria

ABUJA (Min of Works, Power and Housing Report) – The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Mohammed Bukar, has disclosed that the Federal Government would give rebate to  owners occupier that have their building plan drawing Energy Efficient in Nigeria.

He made this disclosure at the meeting of Inter-Ministerial Team on Renewable Energy Efficiency buildings in Abuja recently. The Ministry in collaboration with technical partners, has come  up with the adoption of Building Energy Efficiency Code (BEEC) in the three pilot states in Nigeria  –  Lagos, Kaduna and  Plateau out of the 36 States of the federation, to kick start the process of making  buildings  in the country Energy Efficient.

The Permanent Secretary who also doubles as the Chairman of the team, said that the rebate would be given to ensure that all buildings in Nigeria are  energy efficient compliant. He further directed that all building  projects  in the  Ministry  must be in accordance to the specification under the BEEC.

Mr Bukar revealed that it was agreed during the launch of BEEC in 2017 by the immediate past Minister, Babatunde Raji Fashola, that the BEEC would run for a two year voluntary stage, with the aim that awareness creation would be on going, during which the acceptability of the code and its implementation will be evaluated. 

The Permanent Secretary urged the stakeholders to brain storm and come up with measures that would promote  an alternative means of energy that will  result in job creation, business  opportunities and economic growth. 

He commended the effort of stakeholders and their technical  partners, the Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP)/German Agency  for  International Cooperation(GIZ), in the journey of ensuring implementation of BEEC in Nigeria, noting that it would be of immense benefit to Nigerians. 

According to  him, this will put  the programme of energy efficiency in buildings at an advantage in making a paradigm shifting in our mode of design  and construction method in building and constructing Industries as  this will result in about 40% reduction in energy consumed by these buildings  and Industries if properly implemented. 

The Director of  Engineering  Services in the Ministry, Engr. Julius Olurinola, urged the private sector in collaboration with professional bodies to take a shot at sponsoring a bill to add BEEC  to the National  Building Code, now that the programme is at the voluntary  stage.

The GIZ support  partners expressed satisfaction at the level of awareness the programme  had reached judging by the enthusiasm shown by stakeholders in the  implementation of the  programme. 

Grace Osuji
For : Director  Information