Lagos - The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, (MoU) with Ezektech Limited for the provision of 250kW–1MW solar powered plant all over the country highlight the government’s commitment to enhance locals’ access to power, a minister said.
Power Minister, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, said the arrangement sealed with the private firm on Monday was in line with the Presidential mandate for the sector.
He described the provision of electricity project as laudable, before disclosing that it would be devoid of licencing bottlenecks as stipulated by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), which would make the delivery of power to the people easier and quicker.
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Nebo said power generated by the venture could be distributed to larger industrial clusters and agrarian communities, adding that government on its part had already embraced a similar initiative as could be seen from its Operation Light-Up Rural Nigeria (OLRN) project kick started in Durumi, Shape, Waru and recently, Wuse market in AMAC, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
“The project, though small, will gradually lead to improvement in access to power by such recipients as this will further increase their performance, and thereby further enhance their contribution to the economic well-being of the people,” he said.
Nebo added, “The project should not be put in the archives. We want to see action because these things are do-able.”
It is reported up to 120 million Nigerians, or 75 percent of the total population, do not have access to electricity supply.
- CAJ News