By: AgroNature Admin
THE Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth (ERA/FoEN) in partnership with the Netherland Embassy in Nigeria has provided and commissioned 8.5 KW mini-grid solar energy for an uninterrupted power supply to Kalaba community, Bayelsa State.
ERA/FoEN Executive Director, Dr. Godwin Uyi Ojo, said over 30 households and a population of about 3,000 people are already benefitting from the photovoltaic systems as well as the Community Health Centre and solar lights receiving power supply from the mini-grid.
In a statement made available to AgroNature, ERA/FoEN stated that the solar mini-grid station was channelled to supply electricity to houses in the community, the resuscitated borehole facility including the provision of pumping machine powered by solar technology, and most importantly the extension of solar light to the community’s health centre.
The project was implemented with technical support from the Community Research and Development Centre (CREDC).
Speaking at the commissioning, Ojo who was represented by Barrister Nosa Tokunbor, charged residents to take proper care of the commissioned 8.5 kW power project.
He emphasised the need to jealously protect the solar-mini grid system so as to enjoy the maximum benefits, especially by children who need the power to study at night time and also enhancing women’s cooking during nightfall.
“The project will address reducing deforestation, fuelwood, kerosene and petrol dependence and the related health hazards,” the statement read.
The ED, ERA/FoEN applauded the Netherlands Embassy and the Kalaba community for their kind gestures stressing that the project was in line with the Paris Agreement of 2015 to reduce carbon emissions released into the atmosphere and the urgency for an energy transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources.
Ojo called on governments at all levels in the country and other donor agencies to focus more resources on clean energy delivery.
This is to promote energy access to all especially to vulnerable groups in remote communities such as Kalaba and to generate green jobs and improve their wellbeing.
Chief Kolibo Francis, the paramount ruler of the people of Kalaba expressed his gratitude to the Netherlands Embassy, Nigeria for the project intervention. He also applauded the NGO for its commitment to climate action and better livelihoods of the people.
The power project, he said, has shown light on their community and its environs to improve their living conditions.
The Netherlands Ambassador to Nigeria, accompanied by the second secretary had earlier paid a courtesy visit to ERA/FoEN in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State as part of their tour of the Niger Delta region to see firsthand the despoliation of the environment by the multinational oil companies operating in the region and their impacts on the rural dwellers in the area.