He recently revealed this at the launch of the 100,000 Solar Home System in Jangefe community, Kazuare Emirate, Jigawa State.
According to him, the government is very determined to bring power to unserved communities, as part of the Nigerian Economic Sustainability Plan of the President Muhammdu Buhari’s administration.
He added that the project, which would be financed by a N140 billion fund, would be paid for by the beneficiaries.
His words, “Another challenge which became an opportunity for us was the Covid-19 and our response to that which as many knows was Economic Sustainability Plan.”
“The President’s vision around that plan was that rather than have situations where people lose jobs and opportunities; we could take the opportunities of Covid-19 to create more jobs. We could take the opportunities of the economic fallout to create more opportunities for the Nigerian people.”
“So the President approved that we should do these five million solar home connections across the country which would mean that 25 million Nigerians would have power. But not just that, there will be jobs around those who will manufacture, those who will assemble the solar systems, those will install them will have jobs, those who will maintain them will have jobs and those who will also supply the payment systems and maintain the payment systems will also have jobs.”
“The power provided is not free but we have put in place structures to make sure that the connections are affordable to all those who will use it.”
“Those 20,000 are working as we speak and then the government asked us to do another five million solar connections, that will include solar home systems and mini-grid, off-grid solutions.”
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