Dan­gote, Kano govt sign 100MW so­lar power plant pact

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Hamisu Muham­mad

Dan­gote Group has signed a Me­moranda of Un­der­stand­ing (MoU) with Kano State Govern­ment for the pro­posed 100 megawatts Dan­gote-Black Rhino So­lar Power Plant.

The for­mal agree­ment for the pro­ject, which is to be sited at Zaki­rai, in Gaba­sawa Lo­cal Govern­ment Area of the state, took place yes­ter­day, at the of­fice of Sec­re­tary to the State Govern­ment (SSG), Al­haji Us­man Al­haji, in Kano.

Africa’s rich­est man, Aliko Dan­gote said the MoU was yet an­other mile­stone in the evolv­ing part­ner­ship be­tween Dan­gote Group and Govern­ment of Kano State in their deter­mi­na­tion to bring about the much needed im­prove­ment in the econ­omy of the coun­try.

He de­scribed the sit­u­a­tion of deca­dence in the power sec­tor, which re­sulted in de­cline of the sta­tus of Kano, a once vi­brant in­dus­trial and com­mer­cial city in the past three decades, as sad.

Rep­re­sented by the group’s Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor, Engr. Mansur Ahmed, Aliko said it was in­cum­bent, and nec­es­sary for the ben­e­fit of the peo­ple of Kano and the en­tire na­tion to re­store the econ­omy’s vi­brancy.

He de­cried the power chal­lenges which have con­tin­ued to mil­i­tate against in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in the state, say­ing “As we all know Kano’s pre-em­i­nent sta­tus as a great en­tre­pot and cen­tre of com­merce in the Sub-Sa­ha­ran re­gion for al­most two cen­turies has sadly de­clined.

Sign­ing the MoU on be­half of the state govern­ment, the SSG, Al­haji Us­man Al­haji, in­di­cated that the mo­men­tous event show­cased the sac­ri­fice of Aliko Dan­gote, a son of the soil, for the peo­ple of the an­cient City of Kano, and in­deed, the na­tion in its strug­gle to move its econ­omy for­ward.

He said prior to the sign­ing cer­e­mony, his of­fice had per­formed an­other strate­gic cer­e­mony, the distri­bu­tion of ve­hi­cles to var­i­ous se­cu­rity agents to en­hance se­cu­rity of the state.

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