By FUNMI OROYE ADERINTO, Kaduna
Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai of Kaduna State, on Monday said the
Kaduna State Government is undertaking projects to improve security and to supply steady power to its public facilities and its Green Economic Zone.
The governor expressed this, at the ground breaking ceremony for the Indian EXIM Bank – funded Power Substation at Kangimi area in Igabi Local Government Area of Mararaba Jos, in Kaduna.
The Governor said, they are to promote investments in the state, to provide employment and reduce poverty.
He explained that, Kaduna State is a beneficiary of the 2x60MVA, Substation that will supply complementary power to the Green Economic Zone (GEZ), this will serve the pregnant women in Kangimi area and reduce the stress of birth delivery in the community and the entire state.
He disclosed that, plans for the GEZ include a 100MW solar park and light manufacturing plants as Kaduna and Zaria are major cities, and over 2,000 additional streets lights have been in store in major streets across the state.
He said the 2×60 MVA, 132/33 KV substation, 50 KVA solar powered mini Grids and solar powered stand alone street lights will serve in 23 local government areas of Kaduna.
Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai, Speaker of the House of Assembly, RH Aminu Abdullahi Shagali and other Senior Government Officials were at the Ground Breaking Ceremony of a 2x60MVA 132/33kV Substation, 50kVA solar mini grids in 23 LGAs and Solar Powered Stand-alone Street Lights in Kaduna State.
In a remark, the High Commissioner of India, H.E. B. Reddy, said the powered sector is important, they were in Kaduna to meet with the demand of transforming the state.
He said, the solar energy will play an important role by taking the necessary steps as they are expecting to have 330,000 mega wax in 2020.
He noted that they are on a mission to participate in education, economic sector and powered sector across the country.