Gombe State Governor, Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya, has said that the 85KWP solar hybrid project he commissioned in Dakitti Community of Akko Local Government Area of the state would provide constant power supply to increase the income of the people.
He added that the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) project would improve business activities and productivity of the people while ensuring good education for school children.
He pledged the government’s support for all electrification projects in the state including that of the agency.
The Managing Director, Rural Electrification Agency (REA), Engr. Ahmad Salihijo Ahmad, encouraged the community to optimize the intervention and leverage on the availability of sustainable and reliable energy to harness the productive use of energy infrastructure.
He said that the agency’s intervention in off-grid communities was key to accelerating national development, stressing that “great opportunities abound in communities such as Dakiti. With the availability of sustainable and reliable energy, these opportunities can be harnessed through productive use of energy infrastructure.”
Meanwhile, Akko Local Government chairman, Abubakar Baranbu, said: “Dakati can now experience what electricity brings in economic prosperity.”
He described the project as “a major development and new business opportunities in milling, processing, storage and external trades will now become a reality for our industrious people.”
The chairman said that he was grateful to the Federal Government because his community would now enjoy constant electricity supply irrespective of the location.
According to him, with the solar plant, more Nigerians will now be aware of small but the thriving solar powered communities.
The firm that executed the project, Leading Diagonal Engineering Nigeria Limited, explained that it was done in accordance with international best practices.
The Managing Director, Abdallah Kasimu, said: “The installed solar mini-grid power plant has a total capacity of 85kw solar power which consists of 100 solar panels, 96 batteries and over 4.5km distribution network cables. The solar mini-grid project now serves over 1,500 people in this community with constant electricity.”