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Rural Electrification Agency (REA)

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Background:

•   Section 88 of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act 2005 provides for the establishment of  the Rural Electrification Agency.

•   On March 16, 2006 the Board and Management of the Agency were  inaugurated by the Honourable Minister of Power and Steel.

•   Federal Government of Nigeria’s commitment to aggressive rural electrification is expressed in the following policy documents:

  •   The National Energy Policy

  •   The Electric Power Sector Reform Act 2005

  •   Rural Electrification Policy 2005 and

  •   The National Electric Power Policy 2001

•   These policy documents outline the principle for Rural Electrification thus:

i. Facilitate the provision of steady  and reliable power supply at economic rates for residential, commercial, industrial and social activities in the rural and peri-urban areas of the country.

ii. Facilitate the extension of electricity to rural and peri-urban dwellers.

iii. Encourage and promote private sector participation in grid and off-grid rural development using the nation’s abundant renewable energy sources while ensuring that Government Agencies, Co-operatives and Communities, participate adequately in enhancing electricity service delivery.\

 

Vision:

A federal government agency with capacity to mobilize investible capital for sustained public and private-sector investment in rural electrification development in Nigeria for improved living conditions in the rural areas through enhanced agricultural, commercial, industrial and domestic activities.

Mission:

To provide access to reliable electric power supply for rural dwellers irrespective of where they live and what they do, in a way that would allow for reasonable return on investment through appropriate tariff that is economically responsive and supportive of the average rural customer.

 

Our Mandate:

I. Promote Rural Electrification in the Country
II. Co-ordinate the Rural Electrification Programmes in the country
III. Administer the Rural Electrification Fund to promote, support and provide rural electrification through Public and Private Sector Participation

 

REA Target Groups:

The Agency’s activities target the following areas:

  • Remote and inaccessible settlements from Urban areas

  • Settlements without access to basic Infrastructural Services

  • Agrarian settlements that contribute to the local economy

  • Settlements with low socio-economic indicators i.e. income, education & health 

 

REA Objectives:

These are listed in the Rural Electrification Policy as:

  • Promote agriculture, industrial, commercial and other economic and social activities in rural areas.

  • Raise the living standards of the rural population through improved water supply, lighting and security.

  • Promote the use of domestic electrical appliances to reduce the drudgery of household tasks.

  • Promote cheaper, more convenient and more environmentally friendly options to the prevalent lighting methods.

  • Assist in reducing rural – urban migration.

  • Protect the nation’s health and environment through pollution reduction and elimination of other energy – related environmental hazards.

Other supportive measures to achieve the outlined objectives include:

  • Improve service standards, including increased availability, reliability and quality of power supply.

  • Improve affordability of power through competition, subsidies on capital investments and reduced barriers to entry e.t.c.

  • Improve financial sustainability of power supply, through appropriate tariffs policies that reflect costs of operation, maintenance, system compensation, expansion and upgrade and a reasonable return on investment.

  • Develop and update Rural Electrification database to facilitate effective planning and efficient coverage.

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