The CESEL-Conserto Joint Venture (JV), through the Nigerian Electrification Project (NEP) of the Rural Electrification Agency of Nigeria, with part grant funding from the World Bank, successfully delivered clean electricity to 1200 households in Ife South LGA of Osun State. This comes after the JV commissioned four Solar Hybrid Mini-Grid projects in the Osi, Arajoshua, Alutierin, and Olomouja communities of Osun State, marking a significant step towards improving energy access and development in previously unserved areas.
The ceremony was honoured by the presence of His Imperial Majesty, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ọjájá II) CFR, along with other Royal Fathers including HRM Oba Solomon Adenipekun Ademakinwa, Oloosi of Osi; HRM Oba Dr Ademilokun, the Olu of Olomu; HRM Oba Oladepo Towobola, Lerinyo of Alutierin; and Princess Adeola Ademakinwa, the Representative and Community Leader of Arajoshua who expressed their delight at the arrival of electricity in their respective communities after decades without power. They acknowledged the CESEL-Conserto JV’s contribution as a pivotal step in their communities’ advancement.
Representing the adopted communities and alongside other Royal Fathers, His Royal Majesty Oba Oladepo Towobola, the Lerinyan of Alutierin in Ife South LGA, expressed gratitude, stating, “This endeavor marks the dawn of development for us. We extend our heartfelt appreciation for not overlooking our needs. Without the provision of electricity through the solar-grid, it would have been unlikely for any organization to consider constructing essential amenities in our community. With this initiative, we now have access to a multitude of amenities that significantly enhance our quality of life.”
Also, representing the Executive Governor of Osun State, Reverend Bunmi Jenyo, Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, expressed his appreciation, stating “The initiation of a project of this magnitude to address the energy needs of our communities is indeed heartening. The commissioning of this mini grid serves as a beacon of hope, promising accessible clean energy to our rural areas and empowering citizens irrespective of their socioeconomic backgrounds. This initiative will significantly contribute to the social and economic prosperity of the communities it serves.”
Mr. Olanrewaju Daramola, Chairman of the CESEL-Conserto JV, added, “We are proud to contribute to this transformative project that brings clean and reliable power to these communities. The commissioning of these Solar Hybrid Mini-Grid projects reflects our dedication to delivering sustainable energy solutions that support economic growth. This project will stimulate economic activities among small business owners and farmers, thereby fostering a ripple effect on the local economy. This partnership exemplifies the collaborative spirit we aim to foster across various sectors of our nation.’’
The project’s success underscores the CESEL-Conserto JV’s commitment to providing sustainable and clean energy solutions to rural areas. The JV remains dedicated to supporting sustainable development goals and collaborating with local communities, government agencies, and international partners to expand access to clean energy across Nigeria.