Kano, Dangote, Rhino Group Sign $150m Solar Power MoU

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  • As Osinbajo tells ministers: FG won’t accept any more excuses for poor services

The Kano State Government may have finally lost its confidence in the ability of the Gencos and Diskos to provide requisite power as it entered Thursday, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Dangote Group of Companies and the Black Rhino Group in Kano, signing a $150m Solar Power project.

The project wwhich is expected to generate 100 megawatts of electricity for supply to industries and people of the state, would also expectedly improve the living condition of the people of Kano state.

Speaking shortly after signing the MoU, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Usman Alhaji, stated that the State Government took the decision because Solar power is what is in vogue now, all over the world.

”We need energy to make progress and development anywhere in the world, so we believe this is a right step in the right direction,” he said.

He said the State Government was very keen on the project as it would improve the living condition of the people of the state.

In his remarks, the Group Executive Director of Dangote Group, Alhaji Mansur Ahmed, said the project was meant to improve the economy of Kano as a great Interpool and centre of commerce in the sub-Saharan region.

“The project, to be jointly financed by Dangote Industries Limited and the Black Rhino Group, is expected to provide state of the art renewable energy plant.

“It will convert the abundant energy of the sun into high quality clean Electricity,” he said.

He said that gross inadequacy of supply of reliable and affordable electricity was one of the critical challenges confronting the state’s economy.

He commended the state government for allocating a sizeable land for the project.

The Secretary to Kano State Government (SSG), Alhaji Usman Alhaji, signed the MoU on behalf of the State Government, while the Executive Director, Dangote Group, Alhaji Manusr Ahmed, signed on behalf of the Dangote Group and partners.

In the meantime, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo  has said the Muhammadu Buhari administration will no longer accept excuses that suggest that delivering sustainable socio-economic development to Nigerians is not attainable.

He spoke yesterday at the Cabinet Retreat on the Economic Recovery Growth Plan (ERGP) and the 2018 Budget preparation at the State House, Abuja.

In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, Osinbajo said: “After listening to Dr. Idris Jala all I can say is as the opposition leader in Malaysia said, this is what I have been saying for the past 50 years!

“But seriously he is so right; the challenge is this, the discipline to be unreasonable in our targets and objectives. The discipline of attending the labs diligently and accepting to be locked in a room for as long as it takes to iron out what it is that needs to be done.

“I like the point also that Dr Jala made that the excuse that it won’t work here, the Nigerian factor, or some say exceptionalism, or the acceptance of failure before you even start is certainly not tenable any more.”

Osinbajo went on: “We simply have to accept that there is nothing Nigerian about failure, because as we know in our personal lives, failure and success are commodities on offer to everyone all over the world and every individual and every country makes a choice of which to buy and I will say on our behalf that we will choose success.

“Dr Jala, I have heard motivational speeches, but this is one I think that challenges our whole legitimacy as persons entrusted with leadership.

“I think it goes beyond motivational speech. I think it really challenges the core of our relevance as leaders and I am challenged and I know that many of us here are and I think that we will do what we need to do to make sure that we see through the labs that we have to identify specific areas where we will do this labs. We must see to it that this works.

“I want to thank you again for this exceptional moment you have taken us through and to thank all of you also for taking the time to come. So the work has just begun.”

Additional report from Citizen 

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