As part of a strategy to check rural-urban drift, coupled with a mission to stimulate agricultural productivity in the rural areas across the state, Ogun has finalized plans with the European Union on the construction of mini power grids, deploying renewable energy sources for the provision of electricity, BusinessDay reports.

The construction of renewable energy mini grids and subsequent electrification of rural areas in the state forms part of the waste-to-wealth energy project for which the EU launched its feasibility study and funded the project with €300,000. Speaking during a working visit to Ogun State recently, Felix Zacheo, head of the Unit on Sustainable Energy and Climate Change of the EU, explained that the objective of the visit was to assess the level of development and implementation of energy in the pilot community.

Responding on behalf of the state, Yetunde Onanuga, deputy governor, who doubles as commissioner for rural development, noted that though GIZ, a German International Agency, was already committed to the project, the support of the EU would further aid timely delivery of the mini power project. Onanuga said the partnership would advance the state in power generation through renewable energy sources and check rural-urban drift.