NIGERIA’S BANK OF INDUSTRY JUST COMMISSIONED ITS FIRST CLEAN ENERGY PROJECT IN ONONO-ANAM, ANAMBRA STATE
- Posted by Kieth Oliver
- On March 7, 2016
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Now, more than ever, renewable energy is creating more opportunities for people across the globe and a rural community in Anambra state, Nigeria is about to get access to electricity following the completion of an electrification project funded by Nigeria’s Bank of Industry (BOI). The unveiling of the solar project took place in Onono-Anam community in Anambra state and was commissioned by the Executive Governor of the state, Willie Obiano.
Nigeria is presently rocked with controversies surrounding electricity tariffs for those connected to the national grid, Therefore the development is a welcome relief to the community as the 24KW mini-grid project will ensure every home in the community has access to solar power. The project was executed in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Nigerians have commended the initiative even as the acting MD/CEO of the Bank of Industry, Waheed Olagunju has said the bank is dedicated to replicating this project in rural communities in Edo and Kaduna states.
“The bank and UNDP will commission solar electrification projects in other communities in Anambra, Edo and Kaduna states. It essentially is a programme aimed at poverty alleviation and rural economic development,” he said.
There are also indications that Anambra state is only the starting point for this mission, as they are said to still be working on improving the solar project.
The first BOI and UNDP solar electrification project was first executed in Bisanti in Katcha Local Government Area of Niger state in October 2015. The project was also commissioned by the state governor, Gov. Abubakar Bello, citing that the project was aimed at boosting economic activities in some rural communities in the state.