The Buhari administration is diversifying Nigeria in all sectors including power. Before now, Nigeria depends solely on the generation of power from hydro and coal, and gas. But the Buhari administration has developed a lot of projects in power generation from solar energy. These are two such projects in Nigeria.
In expanding access to stable electricity supply among Nigerian communities that were hitherto poorly served, the Buhari administration has installed and commissioned a Solar Hybrid Mini-Grid power plant in Budo-Are town in Oyo State and a similar one at Adebayo community in Ovia South L.G.A, Edo State.
While the one in Oyo State was commissioned on the 27th of November 2020, that of Edo State was switched on as well on the 16th of February 2021, and since then both communities have been enjoying uninterrupted power supply, thereby giving them a new lease of life - economically and socially.
Executed through the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), the Buhari administration has continued to execute similar projects across several communities in the country, all aimed at fulfilling its pledge of energizing local economies and education through alternative sources of clean, renewable energy.
2. Energizing Education In Ebonyi State With Alternative Power.
The Energizing Education Programme (#EEP) of the Buhari administration has constructed and commissioned a solar hybrid power system at the Federal University of Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo in Ebonyi State.
The project, which was commissioned on 2nd August 2019 also has a Renewable Energy Training Centre as part of it, and 50 students have been successfully trained there to run similar projects elsewhere. It also has 7.1km of street lights and 8.4MWh of backup batteries.
After it was commissioned, more than 9,500 staff and students now enjoy steady electricity in their offices, lecture theatres, and accommodations, and it has saved the institution huge funds from buying generator fuel every month, which then makes it a profitable investment by the administration.
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