Encomium as Ondo Holds First Energy Summit

Encomium as Ondo Holds First Energy Summit

Encomium as Ondo Holds First Energy Summit

… We need collaborative efforts to light up Ondo – ODHA Speaker
… Communities and households to enjoy Solar Electricity

By: Olanrewaju Ayo

Ondo State witnessed a historic moment on Monday, 26 February 2024, as it hosted her inaugural Energy Summit, garnering commendations and accolades from stakeholders across various sectors.

The summit, themed “Harnessing the Power of Sun and Wind,” convened by the Ondo State House of Assembly Speaker, saw a convergence of experts, policymakers, and community leaders to deliberate on strategies for advancing renewable energy solutions in the state.

In his address at the summit, the Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Olamide Oladiji emphasized the need for collaborative efforts to illuminate every corner of Ondo. He underscored the importance of leveraging renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power to address the energy needs of communities and households across the state.
The commitment to providing solar electricity to communities and households stands as a testament to the government’s dedication to improving the lives of its citizens through sustainable energy solutions.

Rt. Hon. Olamide Oladiji advocated for private partnerships, as it aids development and brings about sustainability.

He further reiterated that the project is tested and trusted as the majority of the communities in Ondo East have benefited from the Solar project, and called for all hands to be on deck to achieve stable electricity in Ondo kingdom and the entire state.

“We must all come together to bring electricity to Ondo Kingdom, and put an end to the uneconomical bills coming from the electricity distributors, what we require is a collaborative effort, and I appeal to residents and stakeholders to utilize this opportunity.

He further appreciated, Hon. Tope Adegboye for going the extra mile to birth the laudable initiative.

The Facilitator, Hon. Tope Adegboye, the Special Adviser on Energy, in his opening remarks, said the gathering is to discuss and promote the transition to a sustainable and clean energy future.

“As we look towards a world that is increasingly impacted by climate change, it is imperative that we accelerate the adoption of renewable energy sources to mitigate the environmental challenges we face.” He said.

Emphasizing the great need to take action, he further stated that;

“The urgency of this moment cannot be overstated. We are already witnessing the devastating effects of climate change, from extreme weather events to rising sea levels. The time to act is now, and renewable energy presents a viable solution to reduce our carbon footprint and safeguard our planet for future generations.”

Mr. Tope Adegboye further reiterated that the project will take away the electricity issue faced by the community, as the overseer company will provide 60% of funding for the project, after the end user’s initial 40% funds deposit.

Dignitaries at the event include the Lisa of Ondo kingdom, High Chief Simeon Oguntimehin, the Sasere of Ondo, and Hon. Japeth Oluwatuyi, Deputy Minority Whip, ODHA & member representing Akoko North East, Hon. Ologede, Member representing Akure North.

Artisans in their numbers, captains of industries, hotel owners, representatives of banks, Members of the Ondo State Electricity Bureau, and other stakeholders were in attendance.

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