FG signs tripartite agreement with two states on electricity supply
• Targets Five Million Homes With Solar Power
Poised to improve electricity supply to rural and urban settlements, the Federal Government had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Sokoto and Bauchi state governments for solar and mini grid power systems.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Nebeolisa Anako, at the signing ceremony, affirmed the commitment to provide reliable power supply to unserved and underserved communities in rural and semi urban areas of Nigeria.
Anako, who represented the Minister for Power, Engr. Abubakar Aliyu, said with the agreement signing between the Sokoto and Bauchi state governments, the Federal Government will assist to make sure the programme comes to reality.
He added that the FG plans to install five million Solar Home Systems (SHS) and Mini-Grid by which 250,000 jobs would be generated to impact over 25 million beneficiaries across the states.
Responding, the Commissioner of State Ministry of Energy, Sokoto State, Aliyu Balarabe, expressed his gratitude to the Federal Ministry of Power for signing of the MoU, saying, “Sokoto and Bauchi States would be the first to sign this tripartite MoU.”
Also, the Commissioner of State, Power, Bauchi State, Maryam Garba said that the ministry has taken advantage to key into the Federal Government’s plan to provide electricity to unserved and underserved communities in the state.