By; NIYI OGUNGBOLA, Abeokuta
Ogun State Government has begun the distribution of Solar Energy Kits to light up villages that has no power supply across the 20 Local Government Areas of the state.
The Commissioner for Rural Development, Engr. Oludotun Taiwo stated this while flagging off the project at Atapa Elelubo Ishaga Village in Abeokuta North Local Government Area
Engr. Oludotun, who was represented by the Director Planning, Research and Statistic, Mr. Adekunle Oyesawen, said that the initiative which would be replicated in other rural communities would bring development to the areas.
The commissioner said that the Dapo Abiodun led government decided to use the solar power to supplement electricity in the local communities because it might take a long time before electricity gets to them.
According to him, the reason for the solar power kits was to take the villagers out of darkness and give them the opportunity to use solar power system especially the bulb for domestic use and charging of their phones without the use of generators.
He said” As you know that the government cannot get to everywhere and this is one of the ways to make sure that our people get light and that is why we are giving this community this supply and we are going to spread it to other local governments”.
“This solar system can charge their phones, give them lights, and this will reduce the carbon gases. We are here to help them install. It is a pilot scheme we want to see how it works before we replicate it to other local government” he added
Taiwo, therefore, charged the villagers to make judicious use of the solar power system especially the bulb and avoid being careless in handling the kits.
Also speaking, the director Rural Electrification, Engr. Ismail Balogun admonished the beneficiary to maintain the solar lights very well as it will go a long way in enhancing their livelihood.
Balogun, enjoying the community to take full charge of the system from being stolen or damaged and also observe routine maintenance of the system as have been taught for the effective and efficiency of the system so that the government investment in the community would not be in drain.
Speaking on behalf of the 20 beneficiaries, the Bale of Atapa Ishaga elder Kolade Simeon and a widow Mrs Mopelola Sunday appreciated the state government for not forgetting them in the community despite how far they are to town, saying they will not take the kind gesture for granted, and promised to take good care of the facility.