By Chijioke Okoronkwo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said the Solar Power Naija program, a component of the federal government’s Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP), will soon be available in all geopolitical areas of the country.
Osinbajo spokesman Laolu Akande in a statement in Abuja said the vice president inaugurated the Solar Power Naija program in the community of Jangefe in the Roni local government area in the emirate on Friday. from Kazaure, to Jigawa.
According to Osinbajo, the program will provide electricity to as many as 25 million Nigerians whose communities are off-grid.
The Vice-President reaffirmed the federal government’s determination to ensure that millions more have access to cheap and environmentally friendly renewable energy.
“Other solar companies are also in the process of installing Solar Power Naija to continue the march towards five million connections during the life of this administration.
The Solar Power Naija program means that the community of Jangefe will get 1,000 connections to solar home systems for its estimated population of 5,000.
The start of the installation in Jigawa is part of a 100,000 program with A-SOLAR, a local solar energy company implementing aspects of the ESP Solar Power Naija program.
The community of Jangefe, which is the first place to be covered by the A-Solar company, will have monthly energy payments until the systems are fully paid.
At this point, there will be a transfer of ownership to every consumer in the community.
Osinbajo commended Jigawa Governor Alhaji Badaru Abubakar and other key stakeholders for ensuring the program is implemented.
“The governor’s style of engagement and his focus on economic growth and cooperation by bringing people together is one of the reasons it has been so easy to execute this project in Jigawa.
“This mindset and approach of the Jigawa administration created the environment for the local government authority and the emirates council to work in harmony with the developers to make this project a reality.
“This is probably the reason why Jigawa State will continue to attract investment for the benefit of its people and the country as a whole,” he said.
Earlier in his remarks, Badaru congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari and Osinbajo.
He said federal government support for the state and other states despite dwindling resources was unprecedented since 2015.
After the inauguration, Osinbajo visited the family of Alhaji Auwalu Dauda, beneficiary of the program in Jangefe to interact with family members on the impact of the program.
In addition, the governor of Jigawa, a number of state governors also joined the vice president at the palace of the Emir of Kazaure for the turbaning of Adamu.
Members of the Federal Executive Council were also present, including the National Security Advisor, retired General Baba Gana Monguno. (NOPE)
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