COVID-19: Agency provides solar systems for health centres

Nigeria’s Rural Electrification Agency says it has embarked on emergency provision of Solar Home Systems and solar mini-grid solutions in Primary Health Centres, COVID-19 Isolation Centres and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reference laboratories across the country.

It said the initiative was part of the Agency’s direct intervention support in stemming the tide of COVID-19 in Nigeria, sequel to President Muhammadu Buhari’s earlier request on all agencies and well-meaning Nigerians to support in curbing the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.

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In a statement, the MD/CEO, Ahmad Salihijo Ahmad said the Agency is working with the World Bank and African Development Bank on accelerating grant disbursement to qualifying developers of Solar Home Systems and solar mini-grid projects under the Nigeria Electrification Project.

It’s also engaging the Central Bank of Nigeria through the Federal Ministry of Power for inclusion of energy access companies and off-grid power developers under the COVID-19 intervention program of the Bank.

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According to the MD, “the Agency is mindful of the impact of reliable electricity access especially at this difficult time and would engage with stakeholders and development partners to complement the efforts of the Presidential Task Force, Ministry of Health, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, Economic Sustainability Committee to ensure that the pandemic is contained and managed effectively”.

The Nigerian Rural Electrification Agency is a Government Agency under the Federal Ministry of Power tasked with the electrification of unserved and underserved communities to catalyse economic growth and improve quality of life for Nigerians.

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It is currently implementing the Nigeria Electrification Project, Energizing Economies Initiative, Energizing Education Programme, Rural Electrification Fund, Energy Database and Capital projects.  The Agency is responsible for creating an enabling environment for private sector-led projects which includes conducting pre-feasibility assessments, energy audits, enumeration, data analysis, identification of qualified private sector developers, and project stakeholder engagements.

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