By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
A member of National Assembly, Hon. Femi Bamisile, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari on his promise to give solar energy to five million households before year 2021 runs out.
Bamisile,who is representing Emure/Gbonyin/Ekti East Federal Constituency at the House of Representatves and the Chairman, House Committee on Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA), said that huge investment on solar energy would resolve the country’s lingering epileptic power supply that had been having a toll on businesses, especially the growth of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises.
This was as the lawmaker representing Emure/Gbonyin/Ekiti East Federal Constituency executed N460 million solar power project in 35 towns across his constituency,as well as in GRA in Ado Ekiti metropolis,to bring succour to the people.
The All Progressives Congress Chieftain, in a statement in Ado-Ekiti, on Wednesday, stated that improved electricity supply in those Ekiti towns, is gradually boosting businesses and giving the constituents the expected democracy dividends .
He appealed to the federal government to subsidise solar energy and make it available to the citizens, saying this remains the best way to change the psyches of the people about the alternative energy system.
Bamisile maintained that solar system becomes the readily available remedial energy system to Nigerians, in view of the failure of the hydro electricity power generation system that had been in operation .
“I have started increasing the electricity supply through solar system in my constituency. I have experimented it in Omuo , Emure and Ode Ekiti, headquarters of the three councils I am representing. Even at GRA in Ado-Ekiti capital city and it is working.
“The concept behind this is to elevate night life in those towns and this will automatically help hospitality and recreational businesses and other ally businesses as well in our localities.
“It is erroneous to think that one must go to Ado Ekiti metropolis before you can enjoy anytime you visit Ekiti and we have to gradually change this wrong perspective, by investing in solar energy for our people.
“I have started with the local government headquarters and it shall be extended to other towns and villages in the constituency, not only for them to savour the dividends of democracy, but to boost businesses and strengthen local economy in our dear state”.
On the proposal by the federal government to extend solar energy to five million Nigerians, Bamisile added that the concept will create viable alternative to the failing hydro electricity generation in Nigeria.
“But the solar system must be subsidised , so that it can be within the reach of the poor. It becomes a failure the moment it is designed for the rich. It should be affordable to all Nigerians regardless of status”, Bamisile said.
A resident of Omuo Ekiti, Mr Oyebanji Adelugba, described the solar system initiative of Hon Bamisile as a morale booster for business owners in the community.
“Before now, people closed all their businesses before 7.30pm, because of power outage, but since solar energy was made available to us, businesses are still operating till 10.30pm”.
Another business owner in Ode Ekiti, Mr Akinseyi Oriloye, said Bamisile has been able to rescue them from seven years total power outage in the community with the solar energy concept.