Michael Olugbode in Abuja
The infrastructural challenges facing rural communities across the country may have become a thing of the past as a 20-year lifespan solar power system comes to the country.
According to E-Cube Managing Director Ilan Lugassy, solar power is to provide an alternative solution to costly billion-naira power grid projects which may not be feasible within the next two decades, according to the case.
Solar energy named E-Cube is an Isreali concept that provides opportunities for young Nigerians to learn and come up with smart ideas that can be turned into real products.
Lugassy said the E-Cube can be assembled in three days and is mobile, adding that the E-Cube is in Nigeria to help provide electricity to communities which in turn will strengthen the access to good health, drinking water, online learning, community center and agricultural productivity, among others.
He said the concept supports the participation of community members in improving their economic, social and environmental lives, cooperation with other communities, social innovations and the development of smart money strategies.
According to Lugassy, ”The concept we are discussing is the E-Cube smart village, but in fact what we are trying to bring forward is the main challenge in Nigeria and all emerging countries because the population 1.2 billion people have no access to electricity.
“The E-Cube can last 20 years with almost zero maintenance. We will create jobs, transfer knowledge because everything will be controlled from Nigeria. So when the knowledge is transferred to Nigerians, Nigeria can transfer the solutions to other African countries.
“E-Cube is a concept that was designed and developed for communities of 300 to 500 people and we offer them a center for communication, e-learning, telemedicine.
“When we talk about telemedicine, we are talking about remote primary health care, PHC. It means that if the E-Cube solar power is installed in a small clinic in any village, people can benefit from a treatment by a doctor sitting in Abuja, Katsina.We can get the best doctors to offer the best services.On Mondays, the doctor can give advice for five hours in the communities of Kaduna, Abuja, etc.
“What we give here is livelihood for people and sustainability. We are going to work with innov8 hub because we are business people but it is more about giving back to the community. We want to contribute to the community,” he said.
The inauguration of the E-Cube Smart Village in Abuja took place during the week in line with the Sustainable Development Goals, SDG 2030.
The E-Cube aims to help support SDG 1 (No Poverty), SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), SDG 3 (Good Health and Wellbeing), SDG 4 (Quality Education); SDG 5 (quality equality); SDG 6 (Clean water and sanitation) and SDG 7 (Affordable and clean energy).