Nigeria’s Minister of State for Power, Goddy Jedy-Agba, has praised the Rural Electrification Agency for its impact, calling the agency a star in the power sector in Nigeria saying that projects it implemented have gone a long way in closing the energy gap and uplifting unserved and underserved Nigerians.
He stated this while briefing journalists at the presidential villa Abuja.
According to the Minister of State for Power, Goddy Jedy-Agba, the REA has achieved some successes under the Nigeria Electrification Project (NEP) as 5 million Nigerians have been electrified, and 1.2 million solar home systems (SHS) have been deployed across the 36 states of the Federation.
He added that with its many other projects including the 249,193 tons of carbon emissions that have been saved, the REA has created over 1,000 jobs.
The Minister assured that with all the equipment being purchased for both the generation, distribution, and transmission channels, the electricity supply would improve soon.
Meanwhile, Jedy-Agba said the council approved two memos for the ministry.
The first one is approval for the award of a contract for the procurement of 25 numbers of 33 KV circuit breakers and 120 numbers of surge arrestors for systems used by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).
The second one is the variation due to price escalation on the construction of the Dukanbo Shonga 132 KV double circuit transmission line in Kwara state at the cost is N1.5 billion.