The Federal Government on Monday inaugurated the over two hundred million naira solar hybrid power plant in Upake community, Ajaokuta Local Government Area of Kogi State to boost socio/economic activities of the people of the area
The plant is to Provide electricity access to unserved and underserved communities across Nigeria thereby increasing electricity access to particularly hard-to-reach areas.
Speaking during the commissioning ceremony in Ukake, the Managing Director, Rural Electrification Agency, (REA) Damilola Ogunbiyi, said President Muhammed Buhari was committed to assisting the suffering people of Nigeria, through the provision of critical infrastructures.
According to her, the construction of the multi million naira Solar power in Ukake is one of such efforts of the Buhari administration aimed at meeting the needs of the hard to reach and those in the remotest part of the country.
The Managing Director, noted that the move to light up every nook and cranny of Nigeria underscores the commitment of the President Muhammadu Bihari’s led administration in ensuring electricity access for Nigerians.
She added that more households and businesses enterprise in Upake will have access to clean, sustainable and reliable electricity from the sun with the aim of enhances productivity and provides jobs opportunity in the area.
According to her, Upake community is one of the 12 communities to benefit from the first set of grants under the Rural Electrification Fund, which is a Rural Electrification Agency (REA) initiative.
“Other communities where we are set to inaugurate solar hybrid mini grids in due course includes: Kare, Dadin-Kowa & Tsulaye communities in Kebbi State; and Akpabom community in Akwa Ibom State.
Speaking also the president of the Senator Dr. Ahmed Lawan, commended the agency for their determination and quality execution of projects, particularly the solar power plant in Upake.
The Senate president who was represented by the senator representing Kogi central, Dr. Yakubu Oseni, enjoyed the community to secure the project so that it can served for a longer period.
Oseni who doubles as the Senate Committtee chairman on Cyber crimes, equally promised to take full responsibility for the payment of security guards that would be engaged by the community.
Speaking earlier, the Administrator of Ajaokuta, Prince Mustapha Aka’aba,
said that Upake, the ancestral home of the Ebira speaking people of Kogi State, for over 1000 years have been in darkness.
He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for the great project, adding that “my gratitude also goes to Mrs, Damilola Ogunbiyi, the CEO of REA, Dr Sanusi Ohiare, Executive director of REA, the Management and staff of New Moon NIG Ltd.
“Special thanks Governor Yahaya Bello, the executive governor of Kogi State for providing the enabling environment for the actualization of this project. And to everyone that has contributed directly or indirectly to this project, thank you so much I am so honoured”
The administrator urged the residents of the benefiting community to utilize the project to impact their future and community positively.
Recalled that the Federal Government of Nigeria, through her implementation Agency, Rural Electrification Agency (REA) inaugurate the 80Kilowatt (KW) solar hybrid mini grid power plant installation targeted to supply reliable and constant electricity to over 496 residential and commercial buildings within the area.
The first phase of the Rural Electrification Fund (REF) was aimed at energizing 12 communities and deploy 19,000 Solar Home Systems (SHS) across the country.Share this on WhatsApp