Ganduje : Government Finalizing Take-off of Independent Power Project

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Ibrahim Shuaibu in Kano

Kano state government is fine-tuning arrangements to evacuate power from Tiga and Challawa Independent Power Projects for distribution to the public.

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje announced on Wednesday that government would procure distributor transformers for rural electrification and augmentation/distribution network.

This was contained in a press statement signed by the Director General of Media and Publicity to the Governor, Salihu Tanko Yakasai, and made available to THISDAY on Wednesday.

The governor, according to the statement, disclosed this during a meeting with the President of Skipper Group, Mr. Jitender Kumar Sachdeva, in his office in Gurgaon, India.

A subsidiary of the Skipper Group, SkipperSeil Nigeria Ltd., is currently executing the multi-billion Naira Tiga and Challawa dams Independent Power Projects, in Kano.

He stated that “all future transformer requirements shall be done from Skipper after seeking necessary clarifications from Kano Electricity Distribution Company”.

The statement also expressed interest in setting up of a 100MW Green Economic Zone, an eco-friendly initiative, based upon hybrid model of sourcing power as well as a proposal for a 150 KW community solar system, by the company, in Kano.

The governor also discussed with the company President, modalities for signing Memoranda of Understanding, for supply of tractors for agricultural production as well as upgrade of existing eye units in general hospitals in Kano, between the state government and Skipper Eye-Q Nigeria.

Meanwhile, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, the consortium, through one of its directors, Ms. Poonam Sachdeva, agreed during the meeting to donate 200 mechanical sugarcane extracting units to the state within the next six months to facilitate economically viable processing.