*Governor Inuwa Yahaya Restates Commitment to Rural Development
By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has on Tuesday, alongside the Managing Director of Rural Electrification Agency (REA), Ahmed Salihijo Ahmed commissioned the 85 Kilowatt Isolated Solar Mini Grid Power Plant in Dakkiti community of Akko Local Government Area of the State with a call on the people of the area to own and protect the project for their own benefit.
A statement signed by the Director-General (Press Affairs)Government House, Gombe, Ismaila Uba Misilli said that the project was delivered under the Federal Government’s Rural Electrification Fund (REF), being implemented by the Rural Electrification Agency.
Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya noted that the project is in line with the REA’s mandate and the Federal Government’s next level Agenda to improve access to electricity by Nigerians, especially those living in rural communities.
He expressed the hope that such project will be extended to other parts of the State.
“Let me use this opportunity to remind us that this administration has been collaborating with the Federal Government and many other agencies towards ensuring the provision of basic amenities to the people, especially those living in rural communities”.
“It is important to stress that the benefit of constant electricity will increase the socio -economic activities and well-being of the people of Dakkiti and its neighbourhood”.
He assured that the people of Gombe State will support not only this project, but all electrification projects, in order to ensure success and sustainability of power supply.
The Governor believes that the project will impact positively on the lives of the citizens for the better.
He said, “At this juncture, I wish to commend the Federal Government through the Ministry of Power and the Rural Electrification Agency for their commitment and contributions in providing electricity to our rural dwellers, your efforts are being witnessed across the federation”.
He charged the people of the community to consider the project as their own by guarding it against vandalism and ensure prompt payment of electricity bills.
The Governor assured the people of Gombe State that the present administration will continue to provide social amenities to rural dwellers, especially in view of the fact that over 75 percent of the people are living in rural areas.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Rural Electrification Agency, Ahmed Salihijo Ahmed, said as mandated by President Muhammadu Buhari, his Agency has the responsibility of powering the served and under served communities across Nigeria using off-grid solution.
He said the project has been successfully deployed under the Rural Electrification Fund which was initiated to ensure that electricity is equitably distributed across the country.
The Chairman of Akko Local Government Area, Abubakar Barambu, said with the provision of electricity to Dakkiti, the people of the community can now enjoy what electricity brings in economic prosperity.
He thanked the Federal and Gombe Government for ensuring that the project is delivered as promised.
The Managing Director, Leading Diagonal Engineering Limited, Engr. Abdullahi Kashimu said the company focuses on delivering clean, reliable, sustainable and renewable solution, designed to meet the energy needs of communities.
“It is worthy to mention that we commenced and delivered this project in Dakkiti community in conformity with international best practice, the installed mini power plant has a total capacity of 85 kilowatts which consist of 100 panels of solar, 96 batteries and 30 KVA generator and 4.5 kilometers network across”.
The Emir of Gona, represented by the Ajiya of Gona, Alhaji Abubakar Usman, thanked the Rural Electrification Agency for the gesture and the present administration of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya for its steadfastness in ensuring that the project was delivered on record time.