The Federal Government has in a bid to change the socioeconomic status of Dakkiti, a community in Akko Local Government Area of Gombe State, commissioned 85KWP solar power.
Naija News learnt that no fewer than 1,500 residents of the community benefited from the project which was commissioned on Tuesday, February 9, 2021.
Speaking at the event yesterday, Managing Director of REA, Salihijo Ahmed, said the Rural Electrification Agency is an implementing agency with the responsibility of powering unserved and underserved communities across Nigeria using off-grid solutions.
According to him, the 100 units of solar panel project in Dakkiti consists of 96 batteries and 30KVA generator. Ahmed noted that the aim of the project is to ensure electricity is equitably distributed across the country.
This according to the REA MD was one amongst the federal government’s efforts to power unserved and underserved rural communities. He said, “This is designed to change the socioeconomic status of Dakkiti community here in Gombe State as mandated by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“The Rural Electrification Agency is an implementing agency with the responsibility of powering unserved and underserved communities across Nigeria using off-grid solutions. This project ensures that electricity is equitably distributed across the country,” Ahmed reiterated.
The state governor, Inuwa Yahaya, while performing a function at the launching of the project, urged residents of the community to take ownership of the facility, adding that they must protect it.
He further assured them of his government’s commitment to continue to provide social amenities, stressing that over 70 per cent of Gombe citizens were living in rural areas. “This is part of Federal Government’s next level agenda to provide power for those living in rural communities,” Yahaya noted.
His statement reads further: “This project will ensure clean safe and reliable electricity to the Dakkiti community. I believe that the impact of such project will positively change our citizen’s lives for the better.
“May I ask people of this community to consider this project as their own by guarding it against vandalism and ensuring prompt payment of electricity bills.
“Let me assure that my administration will continue to provide social amenities in rural areas, as over 70 percent of our citizens are living in rural areas.”
In another news, Northern Governors’ Forum says open grazing is no longer fashionable in modern society and has backed the establishment of ranches in the region.
The forum made this known in a communiqué issued on Tuesday after their virtual meeting on Monday, signed by its Chairman and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, Naija News reports.