The federal government through its Rural Electrification Agency announced on Saturday the supply of electricity to the community of Olooji, Ijebu East, Ogun state, for the first time since the community was created 200 years ago.
He said community residents experienced power delivery for the first time on Friday with the official inauguration of a 100KWP off-grid electrical system by the REA.
The REA in a statement issued in Abuja by its spokesman, Mouktar Ebraheem, said the remote community had around 4,500 residents.
He stated that local community leaders said there had never been a power supply in the area, as residents had never used basic appliances due to a lack of electricity since the community was discovered.
The hybrid solar system was built by the federal government through the Rural Electrification Agency, which has responsibility for powering underserved and underserved communities across the country.
REA Managing Director Ahmad Salihijo said the government’s goal was to implement solutions to improve access to electricity in communities to aid socio-economic development.
He was quoted as saying: “I am delighted that the people of Ijebu enjoy clean, safe and reliable energy from now on, as implemented in the first set of grants through the Federal Government Rural Electrification Fund.
“REF is an initiative of the Federal Government, implemented by the REA to promote off-grid electrification and ensure that electricity is distributed equitably throughout the country. Therefore, interventions like these are being carried out in all areas ”.
The REA chief explained that the first set of grants under the REF would allow the deployment of more than 19,000 solar home systems.
He said: “To fulfill our mandate, interventions like this are designed to meet the energy needs of Nigerians and improve the socio-economic status of beneficiary communities.
“This will ultimately boost productivity and create jobs in the community. With the delivery of this mini hybrid solar grid, we are confident that the entrepreneurial skills and ingenuity of the people of ljebu will improve through the productive use of this infrastructure. “
Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun, who was represented by Rural Development Commissioner Oladotun Taiwo, emphasized the need to take advantage of novel technologies to help the availability of reliable and sustainable electricity in Nigeria.
He praised the REA and stated that the project showed a lot about fairness, as remote communities now feel the impact of the Federal Government.