Mr. Ahmad Salihijo, Managing Director of the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), says the organisation is setting up mini-grids in communities with potential for ‘productive use’.
Mr. Salihijo said the mini-grids, which are solar powered, are being set up in agrarian communities to reduce the cost of energy, following the removal of the petrol subsidy.
Speaking over the weekend during the inspection of a 100 kilowatts mini-grid in Gurin, Fufore LGA of Adamawa State, the MD said the agency will target fishing communities in other geo-political zones to boost the country’s agricultural sector as a whole.
He said the system is designed to prioritise productive users, including agro-processing businesses, homes and public spaces. He also said the key is to ensure the project goes to communities that have existing economic activities so that they are able to afford and use the power.
Overall, he also added that the purpose of the system is to boost the agricultural productivity of the country.