For the Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Mustapha Shehuri, the mission to ensure that all Nigerians have access to electricity is an all-inclusive project. Shehuri was reacting to the disclosed plan by the Jigawa state government to generate 80 megawatts of solar power in partnership with a private energy development company. He believes that solar power remains the most viable option for states like Jigawa to solve their protracted problem of lack of gas and adequate water source for generation of electricity.

Commending the Jigawa government for the deployment of solar powered energy in the state during a visit of the Deputy Governor of the state, Ibrahim Hassan to his office last week, Shehuri assured that the Federal Government would provide the necessary support and encouragement to drive the project.

The Minister also stated that with the right machinery or appropriate energy mix for the country in the power sector on ground, the recently increased power tariffs in the country would eventually crash as was obtainable in other countries.

According to Hassan, the company, which has fulfilled all regulatory requirements, was in negotiation with the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading company Plc for the signing of a Power Purchase Agreement.

Jigawa state has been in the heart of perennial water scarcity and soil erosion that has affected the entire state, including Dutse, the state capital. The government however said in a statement last year that it has awarded contracts for the construction of Rami Tara which, when completed, will provide 2,000 gallons of water daily to Dutse and its environs.

Maureen Nzeogu
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