(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The federal government has revealed its plans to make renewable energy available to 304 Primary Health Centres (PHC) and the Unity Schools.
This was contained in a statement by the Federal Ministry of Power, in which it was revealed that the project which targets 200 PHCs and 104 Unity Schools, will be executed under the Economic Sustainability Programme (ESP).
According to the Minister of State for Power, Goddy Jedy-Agba, the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) will implement the project across the six geo-political zones and it would be completed in 12 months, adding that the initiative with the theme, ‘Energy for All-Mass Rural Electrification’, was meant to complement the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) of the federal government to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.
The Minister further disclosed that the project targets the deployment of solar-hybrid captive power solutions to 100 secondary and tertiary health facilities which have also served as isolation and treatment centres for COVID-19.
PROJECTED IMPACT: The Mass Solar Electrification project will strengthen the functionality of health centres, unity schools and communities that were in time past faced with the absence of electricity for productive health and education sectors, create jobs and facilitate energy access to unserved and underserved areas in the country, in line with the federal government’s plan to have 30 percent of its total electricity supply from renewable sources, especially solar power by 2030.