Osinbajo flags off 20,000 solar powered lighting systems
Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday flagged off the distribution of 20,000
solar powered lighting systems for rural communities.
Performing the flag-off at Wuna village, a rural community in Gwagwalada, a suburb
of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Osinbajo said it had become necessary to provide
alternative power sources that would be off the national grip to power the rural communities
in the country, noting that it was not possible to connect every village and community to the
He said the realization of the project was sequel to an idea he shared with President
Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 on how to better the lots of the rural dwellers.
“In September 2015, President Buhari spoke to me about what we could do to
accelerate the electrification in the rural areas. We had in mind different projects that we
could do to bring electricity to many of our rural communities and villages. He was
particularly concerned as we spoke about farming and also education in the rural areas.
Renewable energy, especially solar power, seemed to be the one that will be cost effective
and that we could deploy very quickly all over the country. Once we took that decision, we
came across Azuri. We expect that this will be replicated all over Nigeria,” he said.