Osinbajo Launches Solar Power In Jigawa, Says It’s Time To Provide More Electricity

Osinbajo said the launch of the Solar Power Naija programme is taking off with the Jangefe Community in Jigawa State.

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has launched solar power connections in Jigawa State as part of the promise of the Federal Government to deliver electricity to about 25mllion Nigerians whose communities are off the grid.

Osinbajo during the launch restated the determination of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to ensure that millions more will now have access to cheap and environmentally friendly renewable power.

Coming under the Economic Sustainability Plan, Osinbajo said the launch of the Solar Power Naija programme is taking off with the Jangefe Community in Roni Local Government Area (in the Kazaure Emirate) of the State and will get to all geopolitical zones in the country soon.

“After Jangefe, the rollout will continue across the 6 geopolitical zones in Edo, Lagos, Adamawa, Anambra, Kebbi and Plateau. Other Solar companies are also in the pipeline for the Solar Power Naija facility to continue the march to 5 million connections during the life of this administration,” the Vice President said in a statement signed on Saturday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity.

He added that the scheme will then go to the entire 36 States and the FCT covering 25million Nigerians in the end.

The Vice President, flagged off the commencement of the installation in Jigawa, in what is part of a 100,000 scheme with A-SOLAR, a local solar power company implementing aspects of the ESP Solar Power Naija scheme.

“The President had emphasised that we could no longer rely solely on the grid if we were to electrify the whole country. Which meant that we had to develop an effective strategy for decentralizing the power supply. Two obvious things to do were, first to think of implementing more off-grid solutions and to use renewable energy especially solar power.

“Another challenge turned opportunity was Covid-19 and our response to the economic fallouts of the pandemic – the Economic Sustainability Plan. A fundamental rationale for the plan was to retain existing jobs and create new jobs. A mass solar programme seemed like a real chance to kill several birds with one stone; electrify the country and in the process, create thousands of jobs from solar assembly and manufacturing plants to installers, payment system operators, and maintenance of solar systems once installed.

“Mr President, therefore, approved the inclusion of what came to be known as the Solar Power Naija programme in the Economic Sustainability Plan which he asked me to chair,” Osinbajo said during the launch.

Osinbajo further stated that the solar power programme is a public-private sector partnership supported by concessionary lending via the Central Bank of Nigeria and commercial banks.

We Are Putting Solar Power In All Our Markets, Says Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo during the South-South Innovation Hub Inauguration in Benin City, the Edo State capital on Thursday.

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the Federal Government is powering markets across the country with alternative energy as part of its efforts to support small and medium enterprises.

Osinbajo stated this on Thursday during the South-South Innovation Hub Inauguration in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

“We are putting solar power in all of our markets so that our markets will have power,” he said.

The objective of the initiative is to encourage and boost the activities of small and medium scale enterprises like hair beauty salons.

“The Federal Government in collaboration with the state government is putting solar power so that our hairdressers will have power, and those who need to have power in their shops and stores in the markets will have power,” the Vice President said.

“And that is one of the first reasons why I am here. The second reason why I am here is for the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) which is this our occasion.”

Since coming to power in 2015, the Federal Government has repeatedly stressed the importance of supporting MSMEs in the country and its commitment to their growth.

Professor Osinbajo believes the government is backing its vision for MSMEs with action.

According to him, relevant government agencies such as the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NAFDAC), the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), the Bank of Industry (BoI) are committed to helping small businesses with financial and moral assistance to help thrive.

“The policy of the Federal Government is to support business, not just big businesses but particularly small and medium-sized businesses,” he said.

“The whole idea of the MSME cleaning is that we want to ensure that we give support – whether it is cash, advise or even registration – to all of our small and medium enterprises.”

Japan Advises Nigeria To Adopt Renewable Energy For Electricity

Electricity, renewable energyThe Japanese government has advised Nigeria to adopt renewable energy for the provision of electricity in the country.

The leader of a Japanese delegation to Nigeria, Mr Shinichi Kitaoka, gave the advice in relation to the continuous militant activities which is disrupting gas supply for the generation of electricity.

He addressed the issue during his visit to a solar power plant built by the Japanese government to ease water supply in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Mr Kitaoka, after a tour of the facility with his team, explained that investing in renewable energy to provide stable electricity supply will help encourage industrialisation in the country.

The Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, immediately took up the challenge and promised to embark on similar projects to ensure increase in electricity supply across the country.

The Director of Renewable and Rural Power Access at the Ministry of Power, Mr Abayomi Adebisi, assured the Japanese delegation that the Nigerian government would explore the idea.

The solar power project, when completed, would provide electricity for the lower Usman dam which supplies water around the Federal Capital Territory.

The Executive Director of the FCT Water Board, Mr Hudu Bello expressed happiness that the project would help save cost and eliminate challenges of poor power supply which the agency has grappled with over the years.

Unilorin Partners U.S. Firm To Build N600bn Solar Power Plant

Unilorin, Solar PowerThe University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) has signed a memorandum of agreements with a United States of America based firm for the production and installation of 500 megawatts solar powered plant.

The solar powered plant to be located inside the campus is part of effort to curb the incessant power outages in some parts of the country especially Lagos and Kano states.

Addressing journalists after the signing of the agreements, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Professor Abdulganiyy Ambali, explained that the public private partnership with the firm will cost the company 600 billion naira.

The General Manager of Arrow Capital, Brian Travis, noted that the project when completed by October 2016 would serve both Lagos and Kano states as the megawatts would be sold to them in accordance with the permission of the federal government.

Government Woos Investors On Solar Power Project

NERCThe Federal Government of Nigeria says it is wooing investors to fund the solar power projects to boost electricity supply in the nation.

While addressing a meeting which focused on how to finance Africa’s power sector held in Abuja on Monday, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Power, Ambassador Godknows Ighali, said ‎the generation of solar power across the country would ensure that rural communities access power at affordable rates.

The Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Sam Amadi, expressed delight over the improvement of power supply, but appealed to distribution companies to improve their efficiency.

While some level of achievement could be said to have been attained in the past month, government officials believe investing in alternative energy sources would ensure that all parts of the country had steady electricity supply.