FG to Tackle Power Issues With Solar Energy

The Federal Government has begun tackling power issues in some parts of the country, they began by lighting up communities and healthcare centres in Kogi as part of an ongoing effort to leverage renewable energy and off-grid solutions to bridge the electricity gap.

Over 70 percent of Nigerians live in rural communities where the World Bank estimated energy access to stand at about 40 percent. This development has worsened the poverty rate, fueling rural-urban migration.

The prevailing situation coupled with the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic may not decline unless underserved and unserved communities are powered to contribute meaningfully to the economy, the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) said.

The Government Cottage Hospital, Adavi-Eba, a 250-bed Ukpogo Cottage Hospital, Ukpogo, and other Communities were the beneficiaries of the project.

We are in no doubt about the continued impact of the Federal Government’s Power Sector Roadmap as well as our capacity to leverage on our off-grid expertise and potential to transform and catalyze rural socio-economic growth and development in Nigeria

Managing Director of REA, Ahmad Salihijo

“Providing and increasing energy access to millions of Nigerians through off-grid solutions is critical as the end goal is to ensure the equitable delivery of the social and economic benefits that will improve lives across the nation,” he added.

“The government would not lose sight of providing clean, safe, and reliable energy for healthcare infrastructure in the country, stressing that quality healthcare delivery relies on sustainable energy” As reported by the Guardian

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