In an effort to counterbalance the adverse effects of fuel subsidy removal, the Federal Government of Nigeria has commenced the distribution of free solar home systems across the country. The initiative, led by the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) under the Ministry of Power’s Poverty Reduction and Growth Strategy program, aims to provide sustainable electricity to homes, schools, and hospitals.
Ahmad Salihijo, the Managing Director of the REA, recently conducted an inspection visit to Makoko, Lagos, where he emphasized the government’s directive to scale up the deployment of free solar systems. Recognizing the implications of fuel subsidy removal, Salihijo stated that solar systems would prove invaluable in areas with inadequate power supply. The pilot phase witnessed the distribution of 30 solar systems, each with a capacity of 150 watts, to critical locations in the Makoko community such as small schools, homes, and hospitals.
The feedback from beneficiaries thus far has been overwhelmingly positive, with residents enjoying the benefits of reliable lighting, powered fans, and televisions. Encouraged by the initial success, Salihijo affirmed that the program would continue, with additional funds set to be allocated for the deployment of more solar systems.
Apart from Makoko, the REA has also extended its reach to other regions. Solar systems have been deployed to markets and agricultural hubs in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, and Osogbo, Osun State. While a fee was charged for the systems provided to the markets and agricultural plantations, those allocated to homes, hospitals, and schools remain completely free of charge.
The traditional leader of the Makoko Community, Chief Jeje Albert, expressed gratitude to the Federal Government for this commendable project. Recognizing the positive impact on the community, Chief Albert called for the government to continue deploying more solar systems to further benefit the area.
The distribution of free solar home systems aligns with the government’s commitment to poverty reduction and sustainable growth strategies. By utilizing clean and renewable energy sources, Nigeria moves towards achieving a greener future while ensuring access to electricity for underserved communities.
Source: Punch NG
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