Dateline: Abuja, Nigeria, January 31, 2024
REA-NEP Accelerates Off-Grid Power Generation in Jigawa and Nasarawa States with Grant Agreement Signing
The Nigeria Electrification Project (NEP) achieves a significant milestone with the signing of a grant agreement involving two mini-grid developers, ACOB Lighting Tech. Ltd and Offgrid Electric Ltd. The developers meet the stringent prerequisites for participation under the Minimum Subsidy Tender (MST) sub-component, funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and implemented by the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) under the leadership of Engineer Ahmad Salihijo Ahmad.
This groundbreaking agreement signals a transformative leap forward in bolstering off-grid power generation in Jigawa and Nasarawa states. Approximately 7,747 customers across various localities in these states will gain access to an estimated 3,454Kv PV capacity, promising more sustainable and reliable energy sources.
With an average daily load of 9,044kWh/day and 4,633kWh/day for Jigawa and Nasarawa states, respectively, the project is poised to deploy hybrid mini-grid solutions across 21 sites in Jigawa state managed by Offgrid Electric Ltd and 5 sites in Nasarawa State managed by ACOB Lighting Tech. Ltd.
During the signing ceremony, Abba Aliyu, the Head of NEP's Project Management Unit (HPMU), expressed optimism about the agreement's positive impact. He remarked, "The signing of the grant agreement commits the developers to deliver within the stipulated timeframe. We anticipate them delivering the quality and quantity enshrined in the contract within the agreed period."
Abba Aliyu also urged developers to leverage the opportunities presented by MST projects to create a linkage by promoting productive use of equipment (PUE) within communities. He emphasized that creating a nexus between the Minimum Subsidy Tender (MST) and PUE, both funded by the AfDB, will enhance the sustainability of mini-grids and further facilitate rapid socio-economic development in communities, aligning with the project’s objectives.
In his remarks, Mr. Alexander Obiechina, the CEO of ACOB Lighting Tech. Ltd., conveyed gratitude and a firm commitment to fulfilling all contractual obligations. He stated, "This is a significant achievement for us. The location and proximity of this project to Abuja give us very high visibility. We hope the cooperation we've received from you will remain sustained."
Khalis Muhammed, MD Offgrid Electric Limited , expressing excitement about the successful signing and additionally, projected that with the careful management of the facility, the lifespan of the project, would experience quality longevity of even up to 20 years or more. He confidently stated, "By God's grace, we'll deliver within the deadline and build something with a lasting and sustainable impact for the next 20 years and beyond."
The NEP, through such collaborations, remains steadfast in its mission of fostering sustainable and inclusive electrification, paving the way for progress and a brighter future for communities in Jigawa and Nasarawa states.
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