By Chris Ochayi
THE Managing Director of Niger Delta Power Holding Company, NDPHC, Chiedu Ugbo has said more homes especially in the Northern part of the country are being targeted to benefit from the Federal Government’s Solar-Home-System programme.
Ugbo spoke on the backdrop of Solar-Home-System initiative recently launched by the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo in Wuna village in Gwagwalada Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.
He said 200 homes in Wuna community have been provided with solar powered system that has changed the lives of its 800 inhabitants in the past 12 months.
Ugboh noted that with an estimated 70 million Nigerians without grid electricity, the impact of the programme would be massive on rural community dwellers.
According to him, “There are many Nigerians (estimated at 70 million) without any connection to the grid who still rely on rudimentary lighting systems characterized mainly by use of kerosene lamps, candles and petrol generators with attendant health and safety risks and indeed financial challenges.
“Under the first phase of the programme, NDPHC will deploy about 20,000 units of solar home systems to the underserved rural communities with no access to grid electricity supply. NDPHC has deployed 200 units of the SHS as pilot programme here in Wuna.
The beneficiaries of the 20,000 units are among the already identified communities of the nineteen (19) Northern States of the Federation. The units will be deployed within a period of twelve (12) months.’’