The federal government of Nigeria has embarked on a few policies to diversify the energy sector in Nigeria. The Minister of State for Power, Mr Goddy Agba, asserts during the inauguration of the 60kwp Solar Hybrid Mini-Grid in Ikangha Mkpansi Community in Ikom Local Government Area in Cross River State. The minister stated that the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari was devoted to providing the best energy installations across the country. He further stated that renewable energy such as solar hybrid mini-grids and solar home systems were helping to bridge the electricity gaps in Nigeria.
He further stated that for these technologies to be optimised properly to power communities and improve the socio-economic status of communities across Nigeria, the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) and ministry of power will continue to push the mandate of the federal government while opening up the sector to quality investments. He also enjoins the community to take full ownership of the project by making certain that there is security and sustainability. In his words, the project has no political undertone or backing but rather has the best interest of the rural dwellers and for their well-being. There was also the assurance that more electricity projects would spring up for more rural communities in the local government and the state at large.
The spokesperson for the community involved, Mr Egan Anohobi, expressed his gratitude and that of the community that was to be commenced. This he thought would facilitate economic and social activities for the people.