By Bassey Inyang
The Cross River governor, Professor Ben Ayade, has signed a pact with a Dubai-based firm, Skipper Seil, to provide a 100kva solar lighting generating system.
The measure is in furtherance of his resolve to ensure 24 hours’ power supply in the state, particularly in Calabar.
Also signed was an agreement for a 26 megawatts gas power turbine at the Tinapa Business and Leisure Resort, as well as the training of trainers in the Institute of Technology and Management, Ugep.
At the agreement signing ceremony held recently at the Governor’s office, Calabar, President of Skipper Seil, Mr. Jitender Sachdeva, gave the assurance that his firm will commence construction in about two months.
“We will work very hard, fine tune all the activities and try to be on ground after the PPA in December. I want to assure you that the plant in Tinapa for 26 megawatts will give a boost to electricity and will be completed in 18 months time,” Sachdeva stated.
He said his firm chose to invest in the state due to the investment friendly policies of the Ayade-led administration and the fact that the state is peaceful and safe.
On the Institute of Technology and Management, Ugep, the President, Skipper Seil group disclosed that “in addition to our Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR), we have sent our team for the study of the technical Institute here in the state, and I can, with pride say, we are going to associate with your state in education as the Institute is now fully geared to start.”