Nigeria: Insecurity - Govt to Power Unity Schools With Solar Mini-Grids

22 April 2021

The Minister of Power, Mr. Sale Mamman, has revealed that the federal government would set up solar mini-grids in all the 104 unity schools across the country.

In a series of posts on Twitter yesterday, the minister said the renewable energy project would be expected to improve security in the schools.

Mamman added that mini-grids would also be provided in 200 primary health centres (PHCs) across the country to improve healthcare services.

"The Federal Ministry of Power, under my watch, is embarking on a programme to electrify 200 primary health centres and all the 104 Unity Schools in the country," Mamman said.

"The mini-grid is also designed to provide solar powered street lights to the immediate communities of the PHCs and within the environment of the Unity Schools.

"We took this extraordinary step, to revolutionise and ease the learning process in our schools, as well as to facilitate uninterrupted healthcare services to our rural communities.

"The lighting programme is also expected to enhance the security arrangements around the schools."

He added that the programme is being handled by the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), and will "create jobs and provide energy access to the unserved or underserved communities across all the geo-political zones under the federal government's plan to achieve 30 per cent renewable energy sources by 2030".

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