Wednesday, April 14, 2021


Ogun State Government, says it is bringing in hybrid solar power to attract investors to rural communities that lacks electricity as soon as economic development begins in the areas.

Commissioner for Rural Development, Engr. Oludotun Taiwo stated this while distributing solar energy kits at Iwogia village, Ilaro, in Yewa South Local Government Area of the State.

Oludotun who was represented by the Director Planning, Research and Statistics, Mr Adekunle Oyesanwen, said that the decision was part of the Dapo Abiodun led administration to create a business friendly environment for investors to come to the state.

The commissioner said that the government was ready to establish the hybrid solar power at local communities in the state that has no electricity supply but had begun to experience development to attract investors so as to turn around the fortune of the state.

He said "There are various ways we have the electricity infrastructure in the rural development that is far from the grid and because of the needs assessment this is the level we can empower them to but as things goes by and we have more of economic development around we can bring in hybrid solar power which investors will come around".

Oludotun, while speaking on the benefit of the solar power kits to the villagers said that it would be useful for them in processing cassava and selling their goods at night as other part of the device would also be used to read at night, charge their mobile phones, listen to radio and music and as well serves as torch for hunters at night.

"But the main things that this one will do is that it will extend their times of reading times of working when they bring their cassava. It is an agric based community and they can processes their food for or produce in the darker part of the night and they would not be working in the night using carbon emission energy." he added

In his welcome address, the Director in the Ministry of Rural Development, Engr. Ismail Balogun, who is in charge of Rural Electrification, therefore urged the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the solar energy kits and handle it with care in order to serve them for longer period.

He also charge them to make sure that they protect the facility from vandalisation, promised that for doing that, Government would do more for the community.

The Baale of the community, Chief Dele Johnson, thanked the state government for bringing another development to their village with the devices

Also thank the state government on behalf of the beneficiary, Mr Julus Akindele, and Dauda Ogudeji commend the governor for the opportunity and stressed that they would not disappoint them when the time comes.

Taoheed Lawal & Nosimot Shoneye
Press officer Ministry of Rural Development

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