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FG spends N45.89bn on rural power projects

FG spends N45.89bn on rural power projects
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The initiatives boost the country’s power grid capacity, adding new mini-grids.

According to the 2022 Strategic Interventions report by the Rural Electrification Agency in Abuja, it was revealed that the Nigeria Government constructed 1375 rural power projects in several towns and villages nationwide with the amount of N45.89bn within three years. In line with the agency’s statistics, the government took up the initiatives from 2020 to 2022 by boosting the efficiency of the country’s power grid, building up the number of mini-grids, distributing solar household systems, and erecting street lights powered by solar energy.

During the year under review, the government completed projects with a generation capacity of 238.4 MW. Based on the existing capacity of the grid, it was estimated that 2.38 million people were positively impacted at the cost of N19.11 bn, with 476,800 families directly benefiting from this. According to the report, N6.35bn was spent on developing 67 mini-grids that served 657.14 households, totaling 3,290 individuals, with 0.64MW of power during the period.

Solar power was also provided to many households.

At the expense of N1.03bn, the rural power agency installed solar panels on 556 homes, bringing electricity to 2,780 people. It was also discovered that during this time, the agency installed solar street lights along 557.5km of the roadway at the cost of N17.96bn. The agency’s planned interventions for 2022 regarding the delivery of capital projects were also revealed. These interventions included a baseline evaluation and an ideal process for the electrification programs for the year 2022.

Furthermore, as part of the initiatives, solar mini-grids for high productivity utilization, solar water pumps for irrigation mechanisms, and residential solar systems with low productivity usage were installed throughout Nigeria’s six geopolitical zones. Prior to the implementation of the intervention strategies, several of the beneficiaries faced challenges and conditions such as limited access to utilities such as electricity and water, high rates of gasoline consumption, inadequate opportunities for women, insufficient protection, and significant crop production.

An evaluation was carried out to ascertain the impact of the intervention.

Following the interventions, a process of evaluation was carried out to ascertain the social, ecological, and economic benefits of the living standards of the beneficiary communities, according to the report. It was said there were six neighborhoods that had been furnished with a solar mini-grid infrastructure of 100 kW by the year 2022. The strategies were created to place a higher priority on productive users, such as firms that process agricultural products, households, commercial users, and public areas.

About 8,155 people have benefited, in addition to 5,000 productive farmers, as a result of the continuous supply of power and hygienic, inexpensive water. This has translated into the creation of over 60 job opportunities, an improvement in safety and productivity, an enhancement in health care, and the discontinuation of over 40 generators powered by diesel and petrol. The agency noted that the trends towards lower carbon emissions both in the present and in the future were promising.

Gender inclusion was balanced in the initiative execution.

Moreover, a total of 1,300 male and 92 female recipients, as well as around 200 farm groups, received solar irrigation pumps through distribution among the six geopolitical zones. There has been a direct impact on almost 11,000 people’s lives as well as 6,000 farmers, of which around 810 are female farmers. As a result of this influence, over 170 farms now have solar street lights, over 3,000 farmers have received training on pump management and new irrigation procedures, and most crucially, financial savings have been realized, according to the report.


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2 months ago

FG spends N45.89bn on rural power projectsThe initiatives boost the country’s power grid capacity, adding new mini-grids. – Express your point of view.

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9
2 months ago

Wow N45.89bn according to the report. I hope the money serves it purpose. which are to ascertain the social and economic benefits of the living standards of the beneficiary communities.

Member
8
2 months ago

I’m okay with this move because the new grids will help increase the stability of our electricity and that is what we have all been praying and hoping for.

Member
9
2 months ago

This is a huge development that will strengthen the power grid and provide more enhanced power stability in the rural area.

Member
9
2 months ago

It is nice to see that there were hopeful tendencies towards decreased greenhouse gases throughout both the immediate and distant future, as this will greatly benefit us in the long run.

Member
8
2 months ago

I am really happy seeing ordinary farmer receiving and benefiting from the solar distributions. Adding mini grids will also boost our power supply reach the rural areas too.

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10
2 months ago

The initiatives boost the country’s power grid capacity, adding new mini-grids. Bike (please) I no understand all this spending is not given any result at all. If it be beneficial to public no problem

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9
2 months ago

I know that if electricity problems can be solved in this country about half of our issue is already resolved and we really need that to happen because it will make a lot of things better.

Member
9
2 months ago

It is a good thing which will help the rural area enjoy electricity and boost the grid of our country power I hope this project is done well so can be satisfy with power of electricity provided

Member
9
2 months ago

Wow, this is a lot of money and i hope it will get utilized properly this time so we can finally see some results, I wish we get to see positive results.

Member
8
2 months ago

Now the residents don’t have to worry about limited access to utilities such as electricity and water and high rates of gasoline consumption as they are now provided with adequate amenities.

Member
8
2 months ago

The rural area will get develop and boost the country power grid capacity and make a better living to the famers receiving the solar street light distributor

Member
8
2 months ago

Enhancing power supply in the country especially in the rural communities is laudable and a social and economic benefits to improve the living standards of the beneficiary communities.

Member
9
2 months ago

This is a monumental improvement that will make the electrical grid more robust and reliable, especially in outlying areas and this is definitely what everyone has been praying for

Member
8
2 months ago

Getting the country’s electrical issues under control would be a huge step in the right direction and would improve a lot of things, so I know firsthand how important it is.

Abusi
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9
2 months ago

The money on this rural power project is much. I just hope it bears dividend. People cannot be paying for electricity that is not being provided for consistently.

Member
8
2 months ago

We are happy to see a lot of farmers benefit from this initiative. It has also created jobs, which is really good news. Farms now have street lights and have a new irrigation mechanism

Member
9
2 months ago

The ₦45.89bn spent by FG on rural power projects most have gone into private pocket because I am not seeing the impact. The high level of corruption will not make this a reality .

Member
9
2 months ago

I am not seeing signs of power improvement nor any impact in the rural areas. The corruption plaguing this country will not allow this country to attain her full potential. It is well

Member
8
2 months ago

It is admirable to increase the nation’s electricity supply, especially in rural areas where it might have positive social and economic effects on the beneficiary communities’ living conditions.