Niger - Gov. Abubakar Bello of
Niger State on Wednesday inaugurated a 24- kilowatts solar electricity project
worth N44 million in Bisanti village in Katcha Local Government Area of the
Bello, who was represented by his deputy, Alhaji Ahmed
Ketso, said the project was aimed at boosting economic activities in some rural
communities in the state.
He enjoined residents in the communities to take advantage
of the electricity project to expand their businesses.
The governor commended the Bank of Industry and United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP) for their partnership on the project.
Earlier, Mr Rasheed Olaoluwa, the Managing Director, Bank of
Industry (BoI), said that inadequate supply of electricity across the country
had hampered socio-economic development.
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Olaoluwa said that poor electricity supply in the country
had impacted negatively on activities of small and medium enterprises.
He said that the medium-term vision of the bank was to have
100, 000 homes across the country connected with solar in the next five years.
The BoI boss said that the partnership with UNDP would
provide an average of 200 houses with electricity in six communities in Niger,
Anambra, Edo Gombe, Kaduna and Osun states.
He explained that each home in the community would have
sufficient solar electricity supply to power three bulbs, one electric fan, one
radio, a television set and one point for charging phones.
Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, the Chairman of Niger Council of
Traditional Rulers, urged the people to ensure proper maintenance of the facility
for the benefit of the community.
He was represented on the occasion by Alhaji Mustapha Doko,
the District Head of Bisanti.