Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde has approved the implementation of a mini-grid scheme for rural communities in the state to provide electricity supply to the rural areas, in line with his rural and urban development agenda.

In the same vein, the governor equally, approved the procurement of 1,194 tons of Aluminum Sulphate at the cost of N399,990,000, a bid aimed at providing potable water for the people of the state.

Gov. Seyi Makinde

The decisions were made known during a media briefing with the Governor’s Office correspondents, by the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun and his counterpart, Barr. Temilolu Ashamu from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources.

The approvals for the implementation of mini-grid schemes and the procurement of the 1,194 tons of chemical called Aluminum Sulphate, at the cost of N399,990,000, and were part of the resolutions reached at the 6th Executive Council Meeting of 2021, held yesterday.

Ashamu, said the Council approved the implementation of the mini-grid scheme for rural communities that have economic activities but are not connected to the national grid. He added that the implementation will be carried out by four contractors, at a total sum of about N575 million Naira.

He explained that the first rollout of the scheme comprised four local governments and communities namely: Ajia Community in Ona-Ara Local Government; Otefo community in Atiba Local Government; Shamu Community in Iwajowa Local Government and Orinsunmibare in Ogbomoso South Local Government Area.

He added that each of the mini-grid will be centred around health care or school and that they will serve other public facilities and also serve residences in the communities.

Ashamu said: “At the meeting, we approved the implementation of a mini-grid scheme for rural communities that have economic activities but are not connected to the national.

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