Nigeria’s Acting President Launches Solar Power Program

The Acting President of Nigeria, HE Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, officially launched today a solar power program to deliver 20,000 of Azuri’s PayGo Solar Home Systems to rural households living without electricity in Nigeria.

(Ribbon cutting ceremony: (photo left to right) Mr Chiedui Ugo – Managing Director, Niger Delta Power Holding Company; HE Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN (Vice President of Nigeria; Acting President); Mr Simon Bransfield-Garth – CEO Azuri; Hon. Adamu Mustapha Danze – Chairman, Gwagwalada Area Council)

The partnership between Azuri and the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) is expected to create 500 direct jobs, including solar installer and agents (for a minimum of 24 months) and 5,000 indirect jobs.  Small businesses will be able to stay open for longer hours after sunset, students can continue their studies in the evening and off grid families can charge phones or listen to radios in their own home.

Over 1,000 guests attended the event in Nigeria, where a ribbon cutting ceremony marked the official launch of the initiative and was followed by a tour of some of the Azuri solar installations.

Read the full press release here.

 

(photo left to right) Mr Chiedui Ugo – Managing Director, Niger Delta Power Holding Company; HE Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN (Vice President of Nigeria; Acting President); Mr Simon Bransfield-Garth – CEO Azuri

HE Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, speaking at the launch event

 

 

 

 

 

HE Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, is given a demonstration of an Azuri solar home system

 

Watch this short video on the solar power initiative in Nigeria.