FG to set up 100mw plant in Kaduna

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FG to set up 100mw plant in Kaduna


Written by Emeka Mamah   
Friday, 22 August 2008
THE Federal Government said it would establish a 100 megawatts electricity plant in Kaduna State soon in its determination to boost the epileptic power supply in the country.

The plant will be powered by fuel.

This is coming against the backdrop of a promise by the state government to invest over N600 million for the provision of solar powered energy to 12 villages in the state this year.

Minister of Energy (Power), Hajia Fatima Balarabe Ibrahim, made this known when she paid a courtesy visit on Governor Mohammed Namadi Sambo at the the Government House, Kaduna, yesterday.

Ibrahim said that government would also “encourage the 36 state governors to do something towards the enhancement of power supply,”  even as she stressed that the country has started to experience steady power supply with current level of 3,100 megawatts of electricity being distributed by the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN).

According to the minister, “we are aware of all you have been doing with the other governors, the Northern governors in particular, in order to bring more supply to the people and that has gladdened our hearts.

“We are coming here to partner with you as best as we can. As we have often said, we would like to encourage all the governors that are really doing something towards enhancement of power supply in the country.

“You have approached us also on sharing in particular area in this place in Kaduna so that you can put up a power plant and that I would like to see myself with the people of Kaduna State and we have come to examine that possibility.

“I would like to assure you and the people of Kaduna state that we would do everything possible to stabilize power supply in this state.”

In his response, Governor Sambo said that electricity was the major infrastructure needed to provide realize the Vision 2020 goals of the Federal Government. He said that his government would also explore the possibility of using coal for power generation.

“There is no doubt that we are proud we all the effort the Federal Government is making towards ensuring that power is adequately provided in this country.

“We are all aware of the fact that power is the major infrastructure that would lead to our success in achieving the objectives of Mr. President that by the year 2020, Nigeria would be among the developed 20 nations of the world.

As I speak now, all the 19 northern states have established agencies for power generation. As members of this agencies we have technical committees that are working very hard now in the area of thermal power production through gas and coal.

“We are working into areas that we could put an emergency contribution by fuel power generation system. We are looking at solar, this year we are investing about N600 million in providing power to 12 villages in Kaduna state by using solar and we are looking at all avenues.

“In about 12 states at present studies are going on in the production of power through hydro power generation plants,” Sambo said.

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