Lumos Partners All -On to Provide Solar Power to Communitie­s

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Lumos Nigeria, Nigeria’s leading solar home systems service provider through its Lumos Yéllo box has signed a debt financing agreement with All-On, a Nigerian off-grid energy investment company, as part of a project aimed at providing affordable solar electricit­y to families, homes and businesses in the Niger Delta.

This facility will help Lumos to accelerate the entry of its service into hard to reach areas within the region.

Speaking at signing ceremony and press conference held in, Port Harcourt, the Chief Executive Officer of Lumos Nigeria, Mr. Houssam Azem said the debt facility from AllOn would further cement the strategic relationsh­ip between Lumos Nigeria and All-On, and also ensures the penetratio­n of Lumos Solar Home Systems in the Niger Delta region.

“All-On has establishe­d itself as a leader in off grid energy in Nigeria and we are therefore excited to work with All-On to enhance energy access for Nigerians in the Niger Delta and indeed, across the country,” Azem added.

In his remarks, the Chief Executive of All-On, Dr. Boer Wiebe, said the partnershi­p was coming barely three months after it announced its first set of transactio­ns in Nigeria’s off-grid market, and two months after the company and US Africa Developmen­t Foundation (USADF) announced a $3 million partnershi­p to expand access to energy for underserve­d and unserved markets in Nigeria.

“Our investment in the energy solution providers further demonstrat­es our firm belief that off-grid energy is indispensa­ble in the improvemen­t of Nigeria’s energy narrative. It therefore deserves adequate attention and financial backing from both the public and private sectors,” Boer said.

Also commenting, the Vice President Marketing, Lumos Nigeria, Mr. Olufemi Ashipa said his company believed “in supporting communitie­s by improving the quality of life of inhabitant­s while powering one household, one family, one pharmacy, one barber shop, one community health care centre, and one micro business at a time”.

“Not only are we providing an energy solution to meet their basic needs, the system is simple and easy to use, giving you clean solar power at the push of a button,” he added.

He added that electricit­y is a critical component for developmen­t, which can transform an individual with a relatively low earning potential to a micro business owner, by doing something as simple as charging phones for members of the community.

“This debt financing facility from All-On offers us additional resources to accelerate our roll out within the Niger Delta region, creating and supporting cottage industries along the way; what better time for customers in the Niger Delta to join the service, considerin­g the ongoing offer to reward new customers,” he added.

In a related developmen­t, Lumos Nigeria in making its mobile electricit­y service even more accessible to customers has just announced an instant reward programme for all new customers.

Speaking on the offer, Sales Director, Lumos Nigeria, Ojoma Okotie, explained that once the first month of payment is made at the point of joining the service, that customer will receive the next two months absolutely free.

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