REA commissions 2 solar power grids for Kogi hospitals

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From left: The Executive Director, Rural Electrification Funds (REF) at the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), Dr. Sanusi Mohammed Ohiare; Special Adviser on Energy and Power to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, Otaite Emineto, and the Managing Director/CEO of REA, Engr. Ahmad Salihijo, during the commissioning of two hybrid solar power projects in Kogi State on Wednesday 2nd December 2020.

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The Rural Electrification Agency (REA), has commissioned two hybrid solar power mini-grids to provide uninterrupted power supply for two hospitals in Kogi State.

This is was disclosed to Nigerian NewsDirect Newspaper by the Managing Director of REA, Engr. Ahmad Salihijo during the solar power projects commissioning ceremony graced by the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello on Wednesday, 2nd December.

Salihijo said the projects will bring about availability of clean, safe and reliable energy in the health sector.

“With the 250-bed Ukpogo Cottage Hospital now on a 65kWp mini-grid and Government Cottage Hospital, Adavi-Eba powered with a 5.4kWp mini-grid, I am delighted that the implication of these interventions is the availability of clean, safe and reliable energy to deliver better healthcare services”, he stated.

Ahmad Salihijo, explained that the projects are timely interventions to help hospitals in generating alternative sources of power supply with challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Salihijo described the launch of the solar grids as a harbinger for electrification of more rural hospitals in the country.

He noted that the idea to provide power to millions of Nigerians through off-grid power is to ensure equitable delivery of social and economic benefits that would improve lives.

“I hope what we have done for the hospital from the REA has been enabling you to power some of your equipment that needs 24 hours reliable clean energy,” he said.

Earlier the Executive Director, Rural Electrification Funds (REF), at REA, Dr. Sanusi Ohiare, assured that the communities would be connected to the grid in the nearest future as he urged management of the hospital to ensure the projects are well maintained.

“With the energy deficit in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari has continued to give REA the support so that we can bring this kind of intervention. We would not stop at hospitals because there are communities we would extend the projects,” Ohiare said.

Meanwhile Governor Bello, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Energy and Power, Otaite Emineto, called on the agency to extend same gestures to other institutions that needed similarly intervention.

“We must ask for more and it would gladden our heart that the three tertiary institutions in the state as well as over 236 Primary Health Care (PHC) facilities are considered in your Energising Education Initiative.”

NewsDirect learnt that recently the agency also commissioned a newly developed 100kWp Solar Hybrid Mini-Grid at Budo community located in Itesiwaju LGA, Oyo state.

REA is an agency of federal government saddled with the responsibility of providing access to reliable electricity power supply for rural dwellers across Nigeria.