Nigeria has reached an agreement with the United Kingdom (UK) on the use of solar energy to provide electricity to the rural area in the country.
Vice President Yemi Osinbanjo (SAN), who led Nigeria’s delegation to the event at the Facebook Headquarters in London, signed on behalf of the Nigeria while the UK Minister of State for International Development, Grant Shapps, signed on behalf of the UK government.
NAN reports that the event was performed shortly after the launch of the Africa Energy Campaign initiated by the UK Department for International Development.
Osinbajo, upon signing the agreement, reaffirmed Nigeria’s commitment to the national and regional effort to improve accessibility to power, especially solar power.
He said the programme was an opportunity for Africa, adding that the advantage of the launch was that the partners could bring universal access to energy.
“With the cost of solar power 20 years ago that would have been impossible. The combination of innovation in technology and the low cost of solar power has made this all the more possible,” he said.
“A default energy source should be solar and the option was not available for so long, but now it is cheaper, safer, and more environmentally friendly,” he added.
Osinbajo pointed out the great opportunity that the Nigerian market provided for the use of small scale solar solutions, adding that the country would be the ideal base to push the solar solution in the continent.
He further stated that Nigeria’s partnership with DFID was successful with the application of solar power technology in over 100 schools, hospitals and many primary healthcare centres in Lagos State alone.
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