THE federal government has accepted the resignation of Damilola Ogunbiyi, managing director of Rural Electricity Agency, REA, who was suspended over alleged malpractices on December 31. The federal government accepted her resignation to enable her take up her new role in the United Nation.
Until her resignation, Ogunbiyi was the first female managing director of the Nigerian Rural Electrification Agency and is responsible for Implementing the Nigerian Off Grid Electrification Programme and the Nigerian Electrification Project which is a $350million World Bank facility to rapidly increase the development of solar mini grids and the deployment of solar home systems within Nigeria. She was also responsible for the Energizing Education programme, an effort by the federal government of Nigeria, FGN, to provide uninterrupted electricity to Nigeria students by providing power through off-grid captive power plants to 37 federal universities and seven university teaching hospitals. She also developed the Energizing Economies Initiative, which provides sustainable and affordable off grid power solutions to the largest markets in Nigeria. When completed 100,000 SME’s will be connected to uninterrupted power supply.
She is also the Power Sector Recovery Programme, PSRP, coordinator. This role includes coordinating the activities of the PSRP, which is a series of policy actions, operational, governance and financial interventions to be implemented by the federal government of Nigeria from 2017-2021 to restore the financial viability of Nigeria’s power sector, improve transparency and service delivery, and reset the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry for future growth. She is also responsible for coordinating all the FGN activates to secure $2.5 billion of funding from the World Bank for the PSRP. She previously worked as the senior special assistant, SSA, to the president on Power, and the head of the Advisory Power Team, APT, in the Office of the Vice-President.
Before joining the Federal Government of Nigeria, Ogunbiyi was the first female to be appointed as the general manager of the Lagos State Electricity Board, which is responsible for public lighting, independent power projects, and energy development in Lagos State. Under her leadership, five independent power projects were completed to deliver over 55 megawatts of power to Lagos State hospitals, schools, streetlights, and the Government secretariat. In renewable energy, she completed 5MW decentralised solar project for 213 schools and clinics in Lagos State.
– Jan. 7, 2020 @ 15:59 GMT |