The Federal Government will deploy 19,000 Solar Home Systems (SHS), using a Rural Electrification Fund (REF), which was established to provide more equitable access to electricity across the country.
The government, through the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), has also powered communities in Ogun and Oyo states, including Olooji community in Ijebu East, Ogun State, which reportedly had no electricity for over two centuries.
Speaking during the commissioning of a 100KWP solar-powered off-grid electricity system in the community, Managing Director, REA, Ahmad Salihijo, said the government would pursue the provision of clean, safe, and reliable energy, using the first set of grants through the Federal Government’s REF.
Salihijo said: “REF is Federal Government’s initiative, implemented by the REA to promote off-grid electrification and ensure that electricity is equitably distributed across Nigeria. Therefore, interventions, such as these, are being delivered across all zones.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration understands the nexus between reliable energy and development. To deliver on our mandate, interventions such as this are designed to deliver the energy needs of Nigerians and enhance the socio-economic status of beneficiary communities.”