By Ebele Orakpo
PSC Industries Limited has once againÂ Â proved that the private sector is a force to be reckoned with in the development of any economy.
This was the sentiment expressed by the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, PSC Industries Ltd., Dr. Patrick Owelle recently while conducting Vanguard round the new offices of the solar energy company located in the Ikeja Industrial area of Lagos.
He stated that the entire office complex comprising a large warehouse, a demonstration room, offices, reception area, security post, and equipped with the most modern gadgets such as flat screen televisions, fans, air conditioners, refrigerators, computers, etc., and of course, various sizes and shapes of light bulbs, was completely run on solar energy.
Asked if the office was the first to be so powered in the country, Dr. Owelle answered in the affirmative, saying: â€œ
As far as we know, no other place is run solely on solar energy. Most of those that do run on solar have power supply from the electricity company, Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) and also have diesel-powered generators on the side. But in our case, there is absolutely no other source of supply apart from solar.â€
Â He said people had come to the office out of curiosity to find out how come there is uninterrupted power supply there 24 hours a day, seven days a week without the usual noise and fumes from generators and interruptions from PHCN.
â€œRight now,â€ Owelle said, â€œwe generate 24 kilowatts per hour, close to 300 kilowatts per day and we need only 70 kilowatts per day so we intend to supply power free of charge to our neighbours very soon.â€ Speaking on the demonstration room, the solar energy guru noted that the room was put up to show a practical demonstration to enquirers.
He said that the company, by providing its entire electricity needs and even more to give out to neighbours, have helped in lowering the load on the national grid and the burden on government to provide electricity for them by 24 kilowatts per hour, noting that if about 1,000 homes and offices are able to do the same, the burden on the national grid would be drastically reduced and at the same time, the environment is made more friendly and cleaner without noise and harmful fumes, helping in no small way to fight global warming.
Dr. Owelle said that the private sector has a lot to do to develop the Nigerian economy, noting that â€œEven if the government is doing nothing to ameliorate the sufferings of the governed and add value to their lives, it is not enough for people to criticize the government and complain about the state of affairs without proffering solutions.
If somebody comes complaining about the shortcomings of government, ask him or her what they have contributed to the development of the nation on their own part. We all have a part to play,â€ he said. Â
To make the products more affordable to the people, Owelle said that solar panels and other components would soon be manufactured in Nigeria as PSC Industries in partnership with Rimas B.V of Netherlands are already putting finishing touches to a factory for that purpose in the Lekki Free Trade Zone in Lagos State.
The factory, according to him, would become operational early next year and would create a lot of jobs as well as earn foreign exchange for the country as these would be exported to other parts of the world.
â€œWe donâ€™t need to go abroad to import these things, we will manufacture them right here in Nigeria,â€ he said.