(L-R; Abdul-Ahmed Mustapha (Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs), Dr. Salaam Olufemi Taiwo (Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs), Engr. Olalere Odusote (Commissioner, Ministry for Energy and Mineral Resources), Segun Adaju ( President, Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria), Theophilus Nweke (MD/CEO, Cloud Energy Photoelectric Limited) and Nadia Nweke)
The patriotic zeal ignited by the challenges of COVID-19 in Nigeria, reached a peak at the weekend with renewable energy giant, Cloud Energy, donating 100 Sunboxes (Solar Home Systems) and a hybrid Solar System to a hospital, to support the Lagos State Government’s COVID-19 efforts. The donation which took place in the office of Dr. Salaam Olufemi Taiwo, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs was well attended by key officials of the State Government led by the Commissioner, Ministry for Energy and Mineral Resources, Engr. Olalere Odusote, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Abdul-Ahmed Mustapha, other key Permanent Secretaries, Directors and dignitaries of the State Government, and the Cloud Energy Management Team.
Making the donation, the MD/CEO, Theophilus Nweke, commended the Lagos State Government for its single-minded and proactive management of the challenges arising from the Corona Virus Pandemic. He said that this donation of One Hundred Sunboxes (Solar Home Systems) and the Hybrid Solar System to hospitals is intended to give more bite to the State’s efforts to contain the Pandemic through the provision of light, information, and entertainment to the Isolation Centers, This is partly in response to the World Health Organization’s assertion that information and publicity are central to the containment of COVID-19.
The Sunbox, the Cloud Energy MD said, can be charged by Solar, and each comes standard with 3 bulbs, a solar panel, a radio, multiple headed phone charging cable, MP3 and an optional fan. The greatest appeal of the Sunbox is its multi-functional nature. It has often been used to light up homes and offices, walkway lighting as well as security post lighting. The Sunbox, Mr. Nweke said, is the arrow head of the Cloud Energy drive to Eradicate Energy Poverty in Nigeria.
In response, the Commissioner, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Engr. Odusote noted that key to the efforts on the prevention of the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic is “providing lighting and information” to the people, especially those in the more remote areas of the state. According to him; “…it’s left for us to ensure that they (dwellers in remote areas) are comfortable and that they listen to us on the TV and radio and are adequately informed on COVID-19.
While thanking Cloud Energy for this patriotic donation, the Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Engr. Olalere Odusote assured that the Sunboxes would be deployed to select communities in the State while the Solar System will be deployed to a select hospital in the remote areas to provide electricity in the government effort to rid the State of Covid19.
Cloud Energy commenced business in 2015 as the provider of original Cloud Energy Solar solutions – Solar Panels, Home and Solar Inverters, Batteries, LED Lighting, and solar accessories. In 2016, Cloud Energy was already a leader due to the market acceptance of its customized bundles and was named the Outstanding Energy Solutions Provider at the Titans of Tech. The company is solely committed to the eradication of Energy Poverty in Nigeria.