Rural Electricity Agency (REA), has adopted new measures, targeted at delivering power to off grid consumers in different parts of the nation. This was disclosed at the inauguration of Sura Independent Power project, over the weekend in Lagos. Managing Director/CEO of REA, Mrs. Damilola Ogunbiyi, said the new measure is one which comes in four-fold, is one to promote goals that can be achieved via public-private partnership. She said the measures were:
First is the Energising Education Programme which will provide adequate power supply to 37 federal universities and 7 university teaching hospitals across Nigeria. Second part of the strategy is the Solar Home System Initiative, this is in partnership with the World Bank and aims to provide 1.5 million Nigerian households and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). The third is the Solar Minigrids Initiative which is also in partnership with the World Bank and aims in the first phase to provide clean, affordable and reliable electricity to 250 off-grid communities that require less than 1 MW per mini grid’ And the fourth is the Nigeria Energy Database which is an online platform that provides developers, and the public with online visualisation of resources for energy development.
Ikeja DisCo Customers Fret Over Prepaid Meters, Billings – Independent
Some of the consumers in Arepo, Ogun, particularly, residents at praisehill, Westville, estates, among others, seem not to be on the same page with IE over the claim of supply of prepaid meters and the continual use of old estimated billing system.
Since March, 2018, the residents have been subjected to estimated billings of between N17, 000 and N22,000 monthly without commensurate supply of light. But, more worrisome is the fact that the residents are crying foul over alleged extortion plans by the company, which directed the residents to pay N35,000 and N25,000 for the prepaid meters that are supposed to be supplied free.