The Embassy of Japan recently announced that the Project for Provision of Solar Powered Lights in Gurara Local Government Area in Niger State has been completed and installed.
According to a press release from the Embassy, the solar powered lights were handed over to Kabo community at a handover ceremony; the Government of Japan also granted the amount of US$92,077(Ninety-two thousand seventy-seven US dollars) under the Japanese Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) to a local NGO to implement the project.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Mr Masaya Otsuka, the deputy head of mission, Embassy of japan in Nigeria, said “before our intervention, the people in Kabo community were forced to live under acute shortage of electricity. Both social and economic activities after sunset were significantly minimized.”
“. . . the Government of Japan wishes to change the situation. Today, we are handing over 75 solar powered lights to the 5 community centres and streets.
Also, we have given additional assistance to provide 10 protectors for solar lights, 50 burglary proofs and 180 pupils’ furniture at the schools, and to renovate 2 blocks of 2 classrooms and 1 headmaster’s office,” the Japanese diplomats opined.
The project is the Embassy’s first public private partnership in Nigeria supported by a Japanese private company, Kawaguchi Energy Natural Solution (Kens.co).
The Embassy of Japan hopes that this assistance will contribute towards improving access to lighting Gurara Local Government Area in Niger State and will strengthen the amicable relationship between Japan and Nigeria.
The GGP is designed to provide financial grant assistance to non-profit organisations and local governments implementing development projects at the grass-roots level. A total amount of US$10,465,858have been implemented throughout Nigeria since 1998, under the GGP 152 projects.
The projects meet diverse needs and bring a direct impact on the well-being of grass-roots communities.
Effective outdoor lighting is proven to enhance safety, comfort, education, commercial prosperity, and socialization. Without access to electricity, nearly 1.6 billion people, 30% of the world’s population, do not have reliable outdoor lighting.
Increasing demand for electricity for other uses and scarcity of resources for investment in costly power generation has further increased barriers to providing light, especially in Africa. One way to tackle this problem is to provide reliable bright lighting through solar powered outdoor lights.