Background

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Background:

•   Section 88 of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act 2005 provides for the establishment of  the Rural Electrification Agency.
•   On March 16, 2006 the Board and Management of the Agency were  inaugurated by the Honourable Minister of Power and Steel.
•   Federal Government of Nigeria’s commitment to aggressive rural electrification is expressed in the following policy documents:
  •   The National Energy Policy
  •   The Electric Power Sector Reform Act 2005
  •   Rural Electrification Policy 2005 and
  •   The National Electric Power Policy 2001
•   These policy documents outline the principle for Rural Electrification thus:
i. Facilitate the provision of steady  and reliable power supply at economic rates for residential, commercial, industrial and social activities in the rural and peri-urban areas of the country.
ii. Facilitate the extension of electricity to rural and peri-urban dwellers.
iii. Encourage and promote private sector participation in grid and off-grid rural development using the nation’s abundant renewable energy sources while ensuring that Government Agencies, Co-operatives and Communities, participate adequately in enhancing electricity service delivery.