The Government of Kano in Nigeria has entered a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Dangote Group of Companies and Black Rhino Group to develop a new solarpower facility in Zakirai.
Valued at $150m, the MoU will see the construction of a 100MW facility.
Kano Government Secretary Alhaji Alhaji was quoted by The Nation as saying: “We need energy to make any progress and development anywhere in the world.
“So we believe this is a right step in the right direction and I wish to also reiterate that the Kano Government is very keen on this project and we are doing everything possible, under the leadership of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje to improve the life and living conditions of the people of Kano.”
Dangote Group executive director Mansur Ahmed was quoted by PUNCH as saying: “As we all know, Kano’s pre-eminent status as a great entrepôt and centre of commerce in the sub-Saharan region for almost two centuries has sadly declined.
“It is an open secret that the gross inadequacy of supply of reliable and affordable electricity is one of the critical challenges facing the state’s economy.
“This project will, on completion, add 100MW to the state’s electricity supply and is fully in line with our group’s strong commitment to contribute to the re-invigoration of the state’s economic potential and overall national development.”
Based in Lagos, Dangote Group currently serves various business segments such as real estate and manufacturing.
Image: Mirrors for a solarpower plant. Photo: courtesy of alex lang/ Flickr.