The Rural Electrification Agency (REA) has called for strong collaboration with the state governments to fulfill the mandate of providing electricity to people dwelling in challenging unreached communities in rural areas.
Making the call during a courtesy visit to the Enugu state Governor, Mr. Peter Mbah, leader of the REA Board/Management Projects Monitoring team for the South East region, Hon. Chidi Nwogu, said this has become necessary to create effective synergies and avoid duplication of efforts.
The team was in the state to inspect various rural electrification projects including two 50 kilowatts mini-grid hybrid power plants located each at the Park Lane Teaching Hospital and Colliery hospital both in Enugu.
The team informed the governor that the mini-grid power plants were initiated as special health intervention to support the Covid-19 vaccination campaign aimed at ensuring uninterrupted power supply for centers wayhousing the Covid-19 vaccines.
Governor Mbah assured the REA team of his government’s willingness to partner the agency to reach more rural areas in the state especially areas yet to be served by the public power supply.
He asked the team to work directly with his office in identifying areas that the agency and state government can work together to address the problematic issue of power generation and distribution particularly in the area of its mandate.
On his part, Hon. Nwogu informed the governor of the numerous projects executed by REA in the South East zone including Enugu covering areas of its mandate such as energising education, agriculture and health.
The REA team comprising the agency’s Executive Director, Corporate Services, Mr. Olaniyi Netufo and South East Zonal Coordinator, Mr. Patrick Uba, also visited Ebonyi State where it inspected another completed 50 kilowatts mini grid plant located at the College of Medicine, Uburu.