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Celebration in Bauchi As Solar Power Excites Cheers

| August 9, 2012 More

WHEN the Bauchi State Government announced plans to construct a 30 megawatts solar power project in the state in collaboration with a German company- Siemens Nigeria Limited, residents of the state gave a sigh of relief because of the numerous benefits the project will bring to the state.

Besides the fact that the project will improve the supply of power generation in the state, it will create massive employment opportunities as well as bring more investors to the state. The need to generate more power supply in the state has been one of the topmost priorities of the administration of the Bauchi State Governor, Mallam Isa Yuguda.

It is also in line with his vision of meeting the yearnings and aspirations of the people as he reiterated after his re-election for second tenure in office, stating: “This time around, it will not be business as usual. I want to correct all the mistakes that was made during my first term in office by ensuring that all on-going projects in the state will be completed while new ones that have direct bearing on the lives of the people will be embarked upon”.

It is no longer news that recently a delegation of Siemens Nigeria Limited paid Bauchi State a visit. The purpose of the visit was to attend the flag-off ceremony for the construction of 30 MV solar power project that would be located on a 90 hectares of land at Inkil village on the outskirt of Bauchi metropolis. Although the project was not initiated during the first tenure of the Governor, it came at a time when there was a restructuring in the power sector.

The demand for power supply has been growing at an alarming rate in the State hence the need to augment power generation from the national grid. It could be recalled that last year, the state government declared it would produce 75 megawatts of electricity to boost the supply of power in the state through a project known as the Yankari power project.

The state government, who revealed that the project has reached an advance stage, informed that power requirement for both domestic and industrial use was between 40-50 megawatts. The excess megawatts to be produced by the Yankari Power Project according to the state government will be sold to neighbouring states in order to generate more revenue for the state.

While stating the enormous benefits of the project to the state and the nation as a whole at the Flag-off ceremony, the state Governor, Isa Yuguda observed that the project will be completed in 18 months and it will create massive employment opportunities for the people of the state.

Communal clashes

“This project is actually the first of its kind in the entire West-Africa region. Many nations in the world view Nigeria as a country that is plagued with communal clashes, conflicts associated with politics and religion, terrorism among other social vices. The reason for all these upheavals in the country is because there is lack of job creation for the people.

With an opportunity such as the solar power project in the country, employment opportunity will abound, thereby reducing the high rate of insecurity in the country. With this project which will become a reality in the state, most industries that have left Bauchi will return and our youths will have jobs to occupy them”.

He told those at the event, which included diplomats, federal and state government officials and notable businessmen, that “if this is the only thing I have done in Bauchi in eight years, history will judge me right.”Yuguda, who noted that the project would make Bauchi one of the first states in the country to be self-sufficient in electricity supply, observed that with the advent of solar power, the Northern states would soon surmount their Southern counterparts in terms of adequate power supply.

He also noted that power is one of the most profitable ventures into which any wise investor can invest, and further observed that no country in the world that grow without power. The governor recalled that for the past decade, Bauchi State had been managing a daily rate of four megawatts of electricity, saying however that with the flag-off of the 30 megawatt solar power, the jinx has been broken.

The event which took place at the solar power project site was cheer by many dignitaries among which are the special adviser to the German government on energy, German Ambassador to Nigeria, Nigerian Ambassador to Germany, the president of Helios Energy Germany, royal fathers and people from all works of life.

In his speech, the Director General of the Siemens German Company, Mr. Richard Seller promised to partner with other foreign partners to make the project of international standard, the German Ambassador to Nigeria in her speech congratulated Bauchi state as the first to have something to show in German Nigeria Energy partnership.

Also in his remarks at the occasion, the Senior Special Adviser to the president on power and Energy, Ibrahim Gidda noted that the country cannot continue to depend on gas to generate power because the demand for electricity is growing at an alarming rate. He commended the initiative of the German Company in supporting Nigerian to construct the project, adding that solar power generation is efficient and cost-effective.

Category: Bauchi State News

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