By Concise News Correspondents

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that 20,000 new solar energy household units will be distributed across rural areas in the first phase of the Federal Government’s ‘beyond the grid’ project in 2017.

Nigeria’s vice president disclosed that the government is committed to enhancing traditional methods of generating power and transmission.

He also said the grid energy supply would receive heightened attention.

Osinbajo made this known while commissioning the ‘beyond the grid’ solar power project which was launched by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) in Wuna community of Gwagwalada in Abuja.

He explained that while previous rural power projects were devoid of vision and longevity, the solar energy initiative would strategically power industrious communities.

On his part, the Managing Director of the NDPHC, Chiedu Ugbo, remarked that the project maintenance was central in project conceptualisation.

And in a similar vein, the traditional ruler of Wuna community, Yusuf Isa, commended the idea.

But he highlighted some of the setbacks the residents of the community faced before the launch of the project.

Also, a farmer in the community, Solomon Jaka, was said to have applauded the Federal Government for the project.