FG to part­ner To­tal Group on ru­ral elec­tri­fi­ca­tion

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Si­mon Echewo­fun Sun­day

The Min­is­ter of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, has as­sured To­tal Group of govern­ment’s readi­ness to make elec­tric­ity af­ford­able to Nige­ri­ans in ru­ral ar­eas.

Nebo, who gave the as­sur­ance at the weekend while re­ceiv­ing in au­di­ence a del­e­ga­tion from To­tal Nigeria, said the pi­lot scheme of the ‘Oper­a­tion Light-up Ru­ral Nigeria (OLRN) ini­ti­ated by govern­ment pro­vided so­lar pow­ered en­ergy to house­holds, as well as street lights and en­ergy hub cen­tres to 3 com­mu­ni­ties not con­nected to the na­tional grid.

He noted that the To­tal’s Ac­cess to En­ergy project was closely re­lated to the OLRN which Mr. Pres­i­dent flagged­off on Jan­uary 13, 2014 in Du­rumi, Wura and Shape com­mu­ni­ties of the Federal Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory.

The min­is­ter said he would work with his coun­ter­parts in the Min­istry of Fi­nance and other agencies of govern­ment to pro­vide in­cen­tives to in­vestors in power sec­tor.

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