The National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) has offered to provide the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) with solar-powered electoral kits for the forthcoming general elections.
The agency said it had sent a proposal to the commission to help it design the kits for use in its polling units and Information Communication Technology (ICT) centres across the country.
NASENI said the solar kits would help INEC to tackle the challenge of powering its devices in remote area where there was little or no electricity supply.
The agency also said that the solar kits would help the commission advance its quest for transparent electoral.
Speaking on the offer which is still waiting approval, Executive Vice Chairman of NASENI, Dr Mohammed Haruna, said his agency has already made plans to double it solar powered kits production capacity.
He said that the agency has entered into a memorandum of understanding with a Chinese firm on the expansion.
Haruna explained that with the expansion of the capacity of the plant, NASENI hopes to double its production of standard 175 watts, 180 watts, 190 watts and 200 watts solar panels across the country.
He said the expansion project would also create jobs and increase renewable electricity supply to rural Nigerian communities.
Explaining the necessity of the kits, Haruna said, “There are places where INEC generators use diesel but it could be hard for them to get diesel. Their computers will need to be charged, voters waiting for too long and counting of votes go into the night, we can provide energy for lighting and all others,” he said.
INEC will conduct the next general election in 2015.
– CAJ News