The Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, today flagged off electricity project which is solar powered in a rural community called Durunmi, fifteen kilometers away from Maitama, in Mpape, Bwari-Area council of the FCT.
The deputy director of Press in the ministry of power Mr. Timothy Oyedeji, in a statement said the project tagged “Operation Light-Up Nigeria”, is an initiative of the Power Ministry with the assistance of Philip International of Netherlands and Schneider of Germany, is a 3kw capacity solar powered electricity project that would provide electricity to the already enumerated 1005 households in Durunmi suburb, in addition to some ancillary outlets.
According the ministry’s spokesman, the Minister, at the flag-off, accompanied by the Permanent Secretary, Amb. Godknows Igali, said that Operation Light Up Rural communities in Nigeria, is an initiative of President Goodluck Jonathan, as the President wants light for all Nigerians.
He said Mr. President has promised Nigerians even in the remotest collapse, as long as there are people, there must be electricity, explaining that the Durunmi project is just the first of many more across the length and breadth of Nigeria, he described the project as God’s blessing to the people of Durunmi community.
The Minister challenged the people in the community to make judicious use of the project, just as he informed them that the existing facility can provide over 30 GSM charging points, and refrigeration outlets for the preservation of vaccines and other medical supplies, in addition to provision of light for the village square.
The Minister told the people of Durunmi community to do everything to protect and maintain the equipment, adding that the electricity source is solar which God’s gift from the sun is.
He assured them of constant access to electricity as long as they maintain the facility well, saying that some members of the community would be trained to maintain the equipment. Responding to the Minster’s address, the Traditional Head of Durunmi, Ibrahim Jarumi said the community is eternally grateful to Government for the project, as it has brought the sleepy agrarian community to the forefront among other communities in the Federal Capital Territory.