…says project is for self reliance SMEs’

The Minister of Power, Professor Chinedu Nebo has commissioned a 20 Kilowatts, solar based station to provide un-interrupted power for hair dressing equipment at Wuse market in Abuja.
The project is to provide electric power through Solar panels for hair driers, fans, clippers and ovens often in use by various customers that throng the market daily for hairdo.
Speaking at the occasion, the Minister said that the project will also provide electricity to some Grocery shops around, so also hair dressing saloons, promising that the project will be replicated in other markets across the country.
Prof. Nebo said that the primary focus of the project is to discourage the use of Petrol/Diesel powered generators that could infuse poisonous gases when attending to customers, adding that the project will empower market women and youth operating in the Wuse market.
He said the leadership of President Goodluck Jonathan has directed his foot soldiers to vigorously pursue the dream that ?No community will be left in darkness, ?this has informed this initiative and others like ?Operation Light-up Rural Nigeria,? he stressed.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Minister of State, Hon. Mohammed Wakil said the project is in line with Global trends, as everyone is conscious of green energy, now than ever before.
He assured that with the renewed interest in solar and other renewables, more jobs would be created, adding that Nigerians must appreciate Mr. President for the Political will to drive the on-going Power Sector Reform Agenda.
Speaking on behalf of the end-users of the facility, Raphael Okorie assured the Ministers that the facility will be well protected, just as he assured that it would be put to proper use.
Also at the event were, Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajia Zanaib Maina, Chairman, Senate Committee on Power, Senator Philip Aduda and Chairman of AMAC, Micha Jiba.

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