FG Launches The Deployment of 100,000 Solar Home Systems of The Solar Power Naija Programme Under The Economic Sustainability Plan.
On April 9,2021, the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, GCON SAN launched the deployment of 100 solar home systems under the Economic Sustainability Plan, “Solar Power Naija”.
In his remarks in Jangefe community in Kazaure Emirate of Jigawa state during the programme launch on Saturday, Osinbajo said as the cost of installing and maintaining solar devices becomes cheaper, Nigeria has the opportunity to provide power for its citizens.
He said, “This programme marks a milestone to focus effort for Nigerians to have access to electricity. We cannot continue to hold on to the national power grid and to achieve the decentralisation of power, an alternative source like renewable energy with cheaper facilities will help us achieve the dream of electrifying Nigeria and the time is now.”
Osinbajo, while stating that 25 million households would benefit from the programme in the entire phases, said it is aimed to ensure that the country will stop reliance on the national grid and help to serve communities that are not served or underserved.
The programme which is part of the Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP), is implemented by the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) and would create over 250,000 jobs, as part of reversing the effects of the COVID-19.
The Minister of Power, Sale Mamman, at the event said the project would generate N7 billion in tax for the federal government per annum.
The launching is of the second phase 100,000 deployment of SHS to households in jangefe community at Roni LGA, Jigawa State. The electricity users are expected to pay N3,500 monthly rent before taking ownership of the power system after five years.
The launching had in attendance the Governors of Jigawa State, Abubakar Badaru and his Kano counterpart, Abdullahi Ganduje. Others include, Engr. Ahmad Salihijo Ahmad, MD/CEO of REA, the ED REF and his colleague ED TS and some REA management staff.