Federal Government has increased the deployment of mini-grids to boost power supply in rural communities and help mitigate the effect of the recent removal of subsidy on petrol.

The Rural Electrification Agency, REA, in a statement issued in Abuja, said the mini-grids would provide 24/7 electricity in the communities where they were deployed.

Managing Director, REA, Ahmed Salihijo, who just inspected the 200kilowatt peak Solar Hybrid Mini-Grid in Danchitagi Community, Lavun local government area, Niger State, said the facility would cut down the volume fuel purchased by beneficiaries of the community.

He also explained that through the Nigeria Electrification Project Performance-Based Grant initiative, over 80 similar mini-grids had been deployed across the country, ensuring equitable access to electricity.

Salihijo said the mini-grid in Danchitagi Community was built to supply uninterrupted electricity to the area, which hosts about 2,670 people, who were predominantly farmers.

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