Vice President (VP) Yemi Osinbajo, who led the Nigerian delegation to the Africa Energy Campaign initiated by the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), has signed a pact with the UK to boost solar energy and provide electricity to rural areas in Nigeria.

At the event, which held at Facook Headquarters, Osinbajo signed on behalf of the federal government while Grant Shapps, UK’s Minister of State for International Development, representated his government.

Osinbajo noted that his presence at the launch was to underscore Nigeria’s commitment to improve accessibility to power, especially solar power for Nigerians. The country, he said, would do its best to ensure that the campaign to boost supply and consumption of solar energy is invigorated and gave an assurance that the federal government would work closely with the DFID.

According to the VP, the programme was an opportunity for Africa, adding that the advantage of the launch was that the partners could bring universal access to energy. He explained that the use of kerosene had created a lot of safety and environmental issues, adding that “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 also observed that the campaign was an opportunity for investment as was experienced in the telecommunications sector in the country. The VP said that the Nigerian market provides the greatest opportunity 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.

Johnson Alabi
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