The President Muhammadu Buhari-administration is committed to providing the best energy installations across the country, Nigeria’s Minister for State for Power, Mr Goddy Agba, has said.
According to him, renewable energy, such as solar hybrid mini-grids and solar home systems, was helping to close the electricity gap in Nigeria.
“In order to optimise these technologies to power communities and improve socio-economic status of communities across Nigeria, the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) and Ministry of Power would continue to drive the mandate of the Federal Government while opening up the sector to quality investments,“ he said.
Mr. Agba said this last Friday during the inauguration of the 60kwp Solar Hybrid Mini-Grid in Ikangha Mkpansi Community at the Ikom Local Government Area in Cross River State.
Mr. Agba enjoined the community to take full ownership of the project by ensuring its security and sustainability. According to him, the project has no political undertone but is purely in the interest of the rural dwellers for their wellbeing.
He assured them that more electricity projects would come to more communities in the local government and the state at large.
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, REA, Engr. Ahmad Salihijo Ahmad, said the project and others across the country were a testament to the electrification efforts of the Federal Government.
“It is a continuous process that has shown great promises. Therefore, we plan to do all that it takes to ensure that Nigeria’s massive renewable energy resources are efficiently utilised and evenly deployed across the nation,” he said.
Mr. Anohobi said the community had already set up mechanisms to ensure full ownership of the electricity project.
“We want to assure you that our community has taken ownership of the project and crafted measures to sustain it,” he concluded.