By: Ojhe Efe-Fashe
Community Energy Social Enterprises Limited (CESEL), has partnered Renewvia Solar Energy Corporation, REC, for the deployment of electricity in Osun State.
The came on the backdrop of a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, signed in February 2017 by the Nigerian firm- Community Energy Social Enterprises Limited (CESEL), and its American counterpart- RSEC, to provide solar energy for communities in Bayelsa, Ondo, Ogun and Osun states;
Vanguard Gathered, a stakeholders meeting was set up last month, at the Oba’s palace, Osi-Sooko community, Ife South-West, Osun state, between CESEL/RS EC, the traditional leader, Oba Solomon Ademakinwa 1 and the Community leaders.
Vanguard also gathered that, representatives of both Osun state and the Ife South-West Local Government of Osun state were also present. The purpose of the meeting was to deploy a mini-grid in the community.
Both parties initially agreed to work together for the success of the project which will be of benefit to them both. It was however observed that the proportion of the value of the land- which was bequeathed until the cease of the project- to the investment that will flow in the community is insignificant.
In a statement signed by the Chief Executive officer, CESEL, Patrick Tolani, and the traditional leader of the community, it reads: “Both parties agreed that the community may be given a token of appreciation as a “Pepper Corn” rent to the community.
“An initial indicative tariff of 0.20kw/hr (N72.00) would be paid in form of a pay-as-you-go prepaid metering system which must be installed in each home. This decision was duly agreed upon by both the Developers and the Community.
“Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company Plc (IBEDC) will be responsible for distribution of the meter; this will of course be achieved with the assistance of the State and Local Government who were present at the stakeholders meeting.
“Where possible, the project nonetheless must deliver some benefits for the community in some areas like employment of skilled indigenes of the community with proper remunerations,” it added.