World Bulletin / News Desk
Nigeria on Wednesday inaugurated a new solar power project as part of government efforts to end the country's chronic electricity woes.
"We are here today to inaugurate a special initiative of the federal ministry of power called 'operation light up rural Nigeria'," Power Minister Chinedu Nebo declared at an inauguration ceremony in Durumi near Nigerian capital Abuja.
The minister inaugurated a three-kilowatt solar panel, which, he claimed, would provide renewable energy for over 1,050 local households.
The project, which aims to provide countrywide, 24-hour access to solar energy, is being carried out in partnership with two foreign firms: Holland's Philips and Germany's Snieder.
"This is part of President Goodluck Jonathan's transformation agenda for the sector, which is aimed at taking light to every part of Nigeria, including the remotest villages," Nebo said.
The project was launched barely two weeks after the government ceded responsibility for power distribution to the private sector – a move many observers say underlines the government's inability to tackle the corruption that is widely blamed for crippling the local energy sector.
The government, for its part, said the step was necessary to break a decades-long power shortfall in Africa's second largest economy.
As it currently stands, no part of Nigeria enjoys a stable power supply – an economy-killing state of affairs that successive administrations have failed to rectify.
The Nigerian constitution includes power generation on its "exclusive list," meaning that none of the country's regional states are permitted to generate power independently.Last Mod: 14 Kasım 2013, 09:47