FG approves ‘Energy for All’ Plan for 5m households not on National grid – Minister
NEWSMAN, Abuja – Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the establishment of an Economic Sustainability Committee (ESC) as part of a plan to provide electricity for 25 million citizens who lacked access to the national grid.
The Programme tagged, ‘Energy for All’ aims at providing 5 million Solar Connections to various locations throughout the country in collaboration with State Governments.
A statement by the Special Assistant on Media and Communication to the minister of power, Aaron Artimas noted that “the ESC which is being chaired by the Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbanjo and comprising several Cabinet Members, is also expected to draw participation from private Sector Solar providers, including SMEs in the deployment of Solar Power to 5 million households; as well as encourage private Sector financing for off-grid solar energy projects with a minimum Tier (SOW-150W) system.”
Also, the minister of Power further approved the appointment of Mallam Abba Aliyu, an experienced power sector administrator, as Coordinator of the programme.
“To accelerate progress and ensure efficiency between the implementing partners and State Governments, the Hon. Minister of Power, Engr. Sale Mamman has approved the appointment of Mallam Abba Aliyu, an experienced Power Sector administrator, as coordinator for the programme.
“Mallam Abba’s responsibility will be to engage all parties to make the program successful through maximum partnership and cooperation. He is also expected to drive cooperation between the Federal Rural Electrification Agency and State Rural Electrification Agencies to accelerate their participation, as well as partner with the REA and CBN for the monitoring and Evaluation of the Project,” the statement read.
Aliyu is to commence his duties with immediate effect from the office of the Minister of Power.