The federal government has said solar-powered mini-grids will be provided in 200 primary health Centres (PHC) in rural communities and all the 104 unity schools across the country.
This was disclosed by the minister of power, Sale Mamman, in a series of posts on Twitter on Wednesday.
This move according to him will facilitate effective learning and improve health care services in the country.
“The Federal Ministry of Power, under my watch, is embarking on a programme to electrify 200 primary health centres and all the 104 Unity Schools in the country,” Mamman said.
He also noted that the mini-grid with be set up to power street lights to the close environs of the PHCs and the unity schools.
“The mini-grid is also designed to provide solar-powered street lights to the immediate communities of the PHCs and within the environment of the Unity Schools.
“We took this extraordinary step, to revolutionize and ease the learning process in our schools, as well as to facilitate uninterrupted healthcare services to our rural communities.
“The lighting programme is also expected to enhance the security arrangements around the schools,” the minister remarked.
He admitted that the project is handled by the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) and is expected to create job opportunities and better access to energy.
“The program is envisaged to create jobs and provide energy access to the unserved or underserved communities across all the geo-political zones under the Federal Government’s plan to achieve 30% renewable energy sources by 2030”.