Abuja - Lagos State Electricity Board (LSEB)
has commenced a training programme on Operation and Maintenance of Solar
Project for Public Schools and Primary Health Centres (PHCs).
This is in conjunction with the Department for
International Development (DFID).
Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Olawale
Oluwo, said 172 Public Schools and 11 Rural Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in
Lagos had been picked as beneficiaries for the solar project.
He said the project would improve services in the
institution and create more than 3 000 jobs in the supply chain.
Presently, solar power systems have been installed in 32
Government Schools and Epe Primary Health Centre.
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The first phase of the project is to provide the public
institutions with reliable, pollution-free power and lighting at lower cost
than fuel-burning generators.
Oluwo implored the beneficiaries of the solar systems to
take ownership and protect them in order to encourage government to do more.
Facilitator of the training, Adebayo Adelakun, said the
primary objective of the exercise was to reduce economic losses in the
institutions and improve power supply.
This would be attained through their sustainability and
Adelakun added that the timing for the
commencement of the programme was auspicious because this was the period when
the weather posed most challenges to solar installations.
- CAJ News