FG urges synergy to deliver electricity to rural dwellers

FG urges synergy to deliver electricity to rural dwellers

By Constance Athekame, Abuja.

 

The Federal Government has called on members of the Governing Board of the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) to work in synergy to deliver on its mandate to provide electricity to rural dwellers.

 

The Minister of State for Power, Mr Goddy Jedy-Agba, made the call in a statement issued by Mr Inyali Peter, his Special Assistant, Information and Communications, in Abuja on Tuesday.

 

The minister spoke when he inaugurated Mr Danlami Kurfi as the new Chairman of the Governing Board of REA.

 

Kurfi replaces the former chairman of the board, Mr Abdulazeez Yar’Adua, who resigned to contest for Katsina Central Senatorial seat in the 2023 elections.

 

Jedy-Agba, while urging the board members and management to work in synergy to deliver on their mandate, warned against factionalism or the creation of camps of any kind within the board or agency.

 

He stressed that the Federal Government wanted pragmatic synergy between board members and management of REA, adding that camps or factions in the board or agency would not be tolerated.

 

“We don’t want to hear that the board is fighting management or management is ill-treating the board at any time.

 

“You must be conscious of the fact that the essence of your appointment is to help government deliver on the mandate of the agency, by providing rural dwellers with access to reliable, efficient and sustainable electricity,” he said.

 

While congratulating Kurfi on his appointment, the minister noted that he had been in the public service for some time.

 

According to him, as a two-term former House of Representatives member, he is optimistic that Kurfi is the right person for the job.

 

“I also thank Mr Mohammed Badamasy, who acted as chairman while we were searching for a new chairman.

 

“I urge you all the board members to give the new chairman the same cooperation you gave the former chairman. I know you’re all very knowledgeable in the field of your assignments,” he said.

 

Responding, Kurfi thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of State for Power for finding him worthy of the appointment.

 

He noted that the composition of the members of the board, which cut across all areas of national interest, was a true reflection of hope, adding it would enable the board to deliver on its mandate.

 

Kurfi assured that the board, under his aegis, would work with management and other relevant stakeholders to access the opportunities available in renewable energy for projects across the country.

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