By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna
The British Government’ has emphasized that energy is one of the major factors holding back Nigeria as a country in its quest for economic and infrastructural development.
The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Cartriona Laing CB also added that lack of stable power supply has become one of the major factors responsible for Nigeria’s underdevelopment.
Speaking when she joined representative of Governor Nasir el-Rufai, Hon. Balaraba Aliyu Inuwa and the Chairman Kaduna Electric Alhaji Yusuf Hamisu Abubakar, to break ground for the establishment of a 2.5mw solar hybrid generation power plant, she commended the solar plant to be established by KONEXA and Kaduna Electric as a well thought out initiative, she stressed that, energy is solution of the future.
The solar plant is to be established by KONEXA, an integrated electricity distribution platform, in partnership with Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company.
The Vice President, Operations of KONEXA, Hajiya Hasana Aliyu, said KONEXA is committed to improving reliability of power supply through its investments.
She explained that Konexa is focussed ply, reducing aggregate technical, commercial, and collection (ATC&C) losses, extending energy access to new connections and introducing new systems and processes as well as cuttingedge technology.
She added that it is to improve the financial health of Konexa that offers a different financial model that brings investment to national networks and adding renewable generation from solar.
Other benefits, she added, include estorage and hydro, Cutting edge service and distribution technology that reduces the cost to serve consumers across all income demographics, New technology for communicating with customers in real time gives you real time feedback that helps optimise the grid, reduce losses and tailor.
She added that it is meant to offering customers depending on their needs grid services like minigrids to reach rural customers that are integrated fully with the national utility by partnering with utilities to provide these four services we improve operations, allowing of them to achieve good financial health and get into a growth where they can cover their own capital and operational costs.
She disclosed that for their first project in Nigeria, KONEXA has partnered with the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company to operate subconcession area broader concession.
She said that the partnership has enabled them to put together an investment plan that is geared towards addressing the challenges and leveraging on the opportunities.
Earlier in his welcome remarks, Chairman Kaduna Electric described the partnership with KONEXA as historic, adding that it would not only help provide uninterrupted power supply to the communities, it will also help create employment opportunities to the teaming unemployed youths.
While commending Kaduna State Government for providing a friendly environment for business, he informed that benefiting communities will not only enjoy power supply, it will ensure that employment are created which will also help address insecurity.