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We will render operators of electricity generating sets jobless — Osinbajo

By News Express on 21/06/2017

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•Acting President Osinbajo.
•Acting President Osinbajo.

The Federal Government has vowed to render operators of electricity generating sets in rural areas “jobless” by meeting the energy demands of rural communities through sustainable renewal energy solution.

At the inauguration of Nigerian Renewable Energy Roundtable on Tuesday in Abuja, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo said that the government, through the Rural Electrification Agency, was developing an energy database that would show community locations and energy demand profiles.

Osinbajo narrated how the provision of solar energy to Wuna village in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) rendered the only operator of electricity generating sets jobless.

He said: “I was in Wuna to see it for myself. For the first time in their existence, the village now has solar-powered running water. The school has power and the school hall is now used as a community hall in the evenings. Each home has four points of light.

“Children can now stay up and do some studying at night. Many of Wuna’s women can now process their millet and yams at night. New jobs have been created, solar installers, maintenance, payment systems and so on.

“One guy has lost his business in Wuna, the phone charger. Every household can now charge their phones. But he now charges phones of residents of other villages.”

The acting President revealed that 20,000 more homes would be provided with solar electricity system in the first phase of the sustainable renewal energy solution project of the government.

Osinbajo stated that the plan was to expand the Solar Home System programme to one million households, and thereby create "a few more million jobs.”

He disclosed that the government was also championing the use of mobile money for solar home system payments to provide access to lighting and electric power for small devices.

He added: “The Wuna home solar project is an example of how we can creatively and aggressively provide power to our people by this pragmatic approach to our energy mix.

“We are convinced that renewable energy probably offers us the most sustainable means of increasing energy access to those who have no electricity and have no immediate hope of being connected to the national grid.”

The acting President also revealed that the government would embark on a broader restructuring of the electricity sector and strive to achieving a more systematic development power market design especially for the renewable energy.

He, therefore, stressed the need for a framework that would bring together all stakeholders towards ensuring that “renewable energy becomes a real engine of growth for the Nigerian economy.”

The Chairperson, House Committee on Science and Technology, Hon. Beni Lar disclosed that the National Assembly was working on a Bill to amend the Energy Commission Act of Nigeria to ensure more powers for the commission.

According to her, the Bill also seeks to ensure that Community Trust Funds are set up and the funds would be managed by the energy commission.

She said the commission would partner with communities that needed help in the execution of solar based projects in their areas.

On his part, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Science and Technology, Prof. Ajayi Boroface noted that the global effort in mitigating climate change would favour the demand for renewal energy and the abundance of the resources globally.

He expressed delight that the Federal Government had keyed into the renewable energy sector.

“From what I have heard from the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Power, Nigeria has put in place the necessary policy and institutional framework, and also the legal and regulatory framework for us to effectively participate in this sector," he said.

“I want to assure the Executive arm of government that the National Assembly will be very excited to work with you to ensure that the number of the required laws are put in place to create an enabling environment for us to exploit these resources effectively for the development of our country.” (Daily Trust)


Source News Express

Posted 21/06/2017 12:59:58 AM





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