EE-SUTs and Country Energy Account: UNECA & NBS Visits ECN For Collaboration

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), paid a visit to the Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN) on 10th July 2019. The team, as explained by the Team Lead, Ms. Annica Eriksson, was in the ECN to discuss the role of ECN in their ongoing project known as Compilation and Application of Environmentally-Extended Supply-Use Tables (EE-SUTs), being spear-headed on behalf of Nigeria by the NBS.

A Cross Section of Visiting Team

The meeting, which commenced from 12.15pm and under the chairmanship of the Director General ECN, Prof. Eli Jidere Bala had in attendance the UNECA team, the NBS team, ECN Management staff, the Energy Statistics and National Energy Databank groups of the Commission as well as other relevant officers of the ECN.

Another Section Showing ECN Team

After the introduction of all present, according to groups represented, the UNECA representatives took the meeting briefly through the progress of the EE-SUTs project, including the development of the Country Energy Account. The project, as explained by the Team Lead, was divided into four-missions. The second mission was to be completed on the 12th July 2019, while the third and fourth missions were expected to take place in October and December respectively; each mission scheduled to last for only one week. She announced the need for ECN’s cooperation, to overcome some challenges being faced at present. She indicated that the programme includes capacity building for African countries on the format for EE-SUTs’ compilation, as well as Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Apart from Nigeria, she said Ghana, Burundi, Senegal and Morocco have also been selected for pilot projects.

From left, Mrs Arbor Oyateide (NBS), Mr. Elias Fiseeha (UNECA) and Ms Annica Eriksson (UN-ECA)

In his comment the DG, ECN welcomed all the visitors and thanked them for the mission to Nigeria. He stated that the role of ECN is to collate information from all energy sources and in collaboration with other organizations in the generation of energy data for policy and decision making for the energy sector and the economy at large. He expressed the Commission’s commitment to provide input into the project and requested for nomination of more ECN’s staff on the project team.

DG, ECN, Prof Eli Jidere Bala, addressing the visitors

The visitors were then invited to take a group photograph with the ECN staff present.

A Group Photograph of All in Attendance