The Rural Electrification Agency, REA has commissioned a 100 kilowatts power (KWP) solar mini-grid in Olooji community in Ijebu East LGA of Ogun State after over 200 years of living in darkness.
It was the first time residents said they had power supply in the over 200 year old community.
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With about 4,500 populations, the power grid will enable residents to now own and operate electrical appliances while enjoying the essential utility service of electricity.
In his remarks at the commissioning ceremony, the Managing Director of REA, Salihijo Ahmad Salihijo, said he was delighted that the people of Ijebu would henceforth enjoy clean, safe and reliable energy as deployed under the first set of grants through the federal government’s Rural Electrification Fund (REF).
He further assured that the off-grid interventions are being delivered across the six geopolitical zones.
According to him, the gesture would boost productivity and provide jobs in the community.
“We strongly believe that the quality of lives will be improved and children will have better learning experiences with access to reliable electricity”, he said.
The Ogun State Governor, Mr Dapo Abiodun, represented by the Commissioner for Rural Development, Mr Oladotun Taiwo, lauded REA for the feat and urged people of the community to make good use of the infrastructure to better their lives.