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FG vows to Render Operators of Electricity Generating Sets Jobless & Create Jobs through Renewable Energy

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FG vows to Render Operators of Electricity Generating Sets Jobless & Create Jobs through Renewable Energy

From left: From Left: Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology, Rep Beni Lar; Acting President Yemi Osinbajo; Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Science and Technology, Sen Robert Boroffice at the Inaugural Event of the Nigeria Renewable Energy Roundatable in Abuja on Tuesday (20/6/17) 03384/20/6/2017/Callistus Ewelike/NAN

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.

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo stated this at the inauguration of Nigerian Renewable Energy Roundtable on Tuesday in Abuja.

According to him, already the government through the Rural Electrification Agency is developing an energy database that will 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.

“I was in Wuna to see it for myself. For the first time in their existence, the village now has running water, solar powered. 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,’’ he said.

The acting president revealed that 20,000 more homes will 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 “creating 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, Rep. 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 Lar, the bill also seeks to ensure that community trust funds are set up and the funds will be managed by the energy commission.

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

 

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4 Comments

  1. mulikat

    June 21, 2017 at 7:36 am

    i tried of this energy wahala, since hwo many years they spend trillions no good result, no light, ghana, small country, no oil, e.t.c only gold, but naija get both, no light, ghana get security, naija no security, many e.g,abeg,naija is a fail country not is working,is better, we breake it down into many parts,remove all those old names in leaders ,bring new young blood, change laws and give people good better life.as 1 country it not moveing forward let breake down into parts like Ex USSR.

  2. Ethio

    June 21, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Joke of the week

  3. lill

    June 21, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Story for the gods.

  4. C

    June 21, 2017 at 10:13 am

    The mere fact that sm1 makes a living from charging cell phones :0 I can’t…. They need to be aggressive and fix energy if nothing else quickly or else whether one Nigeria or not I can for see people going to Aso rock and Senate House and throwing rocks and burning it down. The only thing people can agree on is how useless current government is they need to fix it ASAP. Osinbanjo can’t do it alone if those congress members ever want to be able to live on this side of the world they better focus and aggressively fix energy and energy maintenance problem.

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