Netherlands solar light sparks jubilation in Kalabari Community

Netherlands solar light sparks jubilation in Kalabari Community

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Uninterrupted power supply from a min-grid solar provided by the Netherlands Embassy, has changed the fortunes of some rural dwellers in Bayelsa State, Nigeria.

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth, Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), said, the Photovoltaic systems serve over 30 households and a population of about 3,000 people in Kalaba Community of the State.

A Photovoltaic system is a power system designed to supply usable solar power by means of photovoltaics.

Dr. Godwin Uyi Ojo, executive Director of ERA/FoEN, was represented by Barrister Nosa Tokunbor, inaugurated the project.

He explained that it implemented the project with technical support from Community Research and Development Centre (CREDC) in the establishment of the project.

The statement stated that the 8.5 kw power project was completed while the mini-grid solar station had been channeled to supply electricity to houses in the Community.

In addition, the resuscitated borehole that was hitherto dysfunctional, provision of pumping machine powered by solar, and extension of solar light to the Community Health Centre.

He charged the beneficiaries to jealously protect and properly manage the solar-mini grid system so as to enjoy the maximum benefits especially by children who need the light source to read their books at nighttime and also enhancing women’s cooking during the night fall.

He also commended the Netherlands Embassy and the Kalaba Community and stated that the project was in line with the Paris Agreement of 2015 to reduce carbon emissions released into the atmosphere and the urgency for energy transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources.

According to Ojo, the project will address reducing deforestation, fuel-wood, kerosene and petrol dependence and the related health hazards.

He urge governments at all levels in Nigeria and other donor agencies to focus more resources to direct clean energy delivery to promote energy access to all especially to vulnerable groups in remote Communities such as Kalaba to generate green jobs and improved wellbeing.

Paramount Ruler of Kalaba, Chief Kolibo Francis, thanked the Netherlands Embassy in Nigeria and ERA/FoEN for the gesture.

He noted that the power project has shone the light on their Community and its environs to improve their living conditions.

Recall that the Netherlands Ambassador to Nigeria accompanied by the second Secretary, paid a courtesy visit to ERA/FoEN office in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State Capital in 2018.

The envoy, also tour 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.

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