Kano state governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has assured that the state’s Independent Power Project, Tiga will commence generating electricity by the second quarter of this year.
He made the assertion while inspecting the 10 mega watts project at Tiga Dam, Bebeji local government area.
“On this project we are highly confident, we are motivated, we are being encouraged because the quality of the work is excellent, the speed of the work is very encouraging and we believe this company is equal to the task”, the governor affirmed.
The contract for evacuation of the generated energy would be awarded in couple of weeks, and we hope that in the next three years, the state would have enough electricity for prospective consumers.” Ganduje stressed
He said that the only way to provide electricity to the state was through hydro and solar energy.
The governor maintained that the project was necessary, because Kano is the commercial nerve centre for the North, whose development cannot be guaranteed without sustainable electricity.
The governor explained that already the state government has started discussions with some firms on how to tap electricity from solar energy, hoping that this would solve the lingering factories closures and unemployment due to a lack of power.
Conducting the governor round the project site, the Country Head of Projects, Skipper Nigeria Ltd., Mr. Gauhar Malik reassured him that project by May 2016 would be completed, noting that it had reached over 65 percent completion stage.
Earlier, the state Commissioner of Works, Shehu Haruna Lambu stated that the contract was awarded in May, 2014 with a completion time frame of one year,adding that due to unforeseen reasons, it was extended by an additional year.
Meanwhile, Governor Ganduje has visited Sayaz Rice Mills in Garun Mallam local government area of the state, where he appealed to people to embrace farming, especially the production of rice and wheat to enhance food security.
The governor who warned that very soon, the federal government would stop importation of such commodities, pointed out that it was time for the people to revert to agriculture because of it was a money-spinner and had a wide potential for creating more jobs.