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Rural Electric Agency to power 250,000 Homes by 2024

The Rural Electrification Agency (REA) has pledge to support 250,000 households with various initiatives to boost electricity access throughout Nigeria in the year 2024.

Malam Mutari Ibrahim, who serves as the Director of Promotion and Outreach (PIO), made this announcement in a press release issued from Abuja.

In response to the removal of subsidies, the REA noted that it is actively engaged in implementing a range of initiatives that include the development of electric mobility, establishment of mini-grids, distribution of home systems, and the deployment of streetlights, which will have a positive impact on approximately 250,000 households in the upcoming year.

Ibrahim also noted the agency's remarkable achievement of installing more than 1,650 kilometers of solar streetlights. These installations are not only improving access to power in rural areas but also contributing to enhanced security and fostering economic growth.

In addition, the REA has successfully completed 1,403 projects as part of its capital budget which include the provision of solar streetlights, the establishment of mini-grid systems, deployment of standalone home systems, and expansion of the electrical grid network.

” Through various programmes, including Energisng Education Programme. Energising Agriculture Programme beyond COVID-19, and Economic Clusters, REA delivered more than 65 Mega Watts (MW) of power across Nigeria’s six geo-political zones.

” The agency has delivered more than 500MW of power, electrified numerous communities, created 500,000 new jobs, and attracted over two billion dollars in investments in the renewable energy sector over the past decade.

”In advancing these achievements, we have established partnerships with the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the Global Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP),” he said.

Other partnership secured are with Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Sustainable Energy for ALL (SE4ALL), Agence Française de Développement (AFD), and the United Kingdom Nigeria Infrastructure Advisory Facility (UKNIAF).

He said that the agency also secured partnership with the European Union, the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

‘Others are the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Korean Institute of Advancement of Technology (KIAT)

”In 2022, as part of the National Poverty Reduction and Growth Strategy (NPRGS) Programme, REA secured an additional four billion in capital injection grants.

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