Kebbi State is currently negotiating to put up a 200MW Solar plant which will aside ensuring stable power supply, reduce unemployment and guarantee development, governor, Atiku Bagudu has assured. Governor, Atiku Bagudu who spoke yesterday in Sokoto while declaring open the 2nd Africa International Renewable Energy Conference (Solar Africa) at the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, insisted that, the nation has a lot of energy challenges.
The governor, says it is high time the country strive towards achieving energy dependence, maintaining that funds should be made available for research institutions that will help in that direction. The governor decried the attitude of Nigerians in defending of import of renewable energy tools manufactured and subsidized from other countries rather than striving to develop and boost our local engineers to manufacture same.
Bagudu lamented that such dependence mentality discourages local manufacturers. “Lots of progress have been recorded in renewable energy around the world. But we just realise that, the more we depend on importation, the more it becomes difficult for us to develop our local technology.
“Our research effort should embody within it a strategy which will elicit stakeholders position for those in leadership position at whatever level to provide funds for research which might not be profitable at the moment but will be of great benefit with time”. Collaborating governor, Atiku Bagudu’s developmental effort, especially as demonstrated by turning Kebbi into a leading rice cultivation state in the Nigeria, the director general, Energy Commission of Nigeria, (ECN) Prof. Eli Bala said the country’s master plan for solar energy actually began in Kebbi state.
Bala who was represented by the director renewable energy, Prof. Dioha Joseph assured that every state in Nigeria has abundant renewable energy. “The master plan for solar energy in the country took it’s root from Kebbi state. The first energy village in Nigeria was in Kebbi state,” he said.