Nigeria’s Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Hon. Mustapha Shehuri has advised state governments to embrace an energy mix such as solar, wind with the existing power source, saying it would ultimately crash high electricity tariff in the nation.
Speaking at the weekend in Abuja while receiving the Deputy Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan, he said if the alternative power source could be well explored, it would better lots of the masses and eventually reduce costs.
The increase in electricity tariff has so far generated controversies among stakeholders especially the labour union.
Shehuri said, “With an appropriate energy mix for the country in the power sector, tariffs will eventually crash as obtained in the other countries, globally.”
He disclosed that since Jigawa State has no gas or adequate water source for power generation, solar power remains the most viable option.
In a statement by the Ministry’s Assistant Director, Information, Mohammed Ahmed the Federal Government would provide the necessary support and encouragement to drive the project.
Earlier, the Deputy Governor informed the Minister of the State’s intention to generate 80 megawatts of solar power.
He stated that it would be added to the national grid, in partnership with Nova Scotia Power Development Limited.
Hadejia said that the organisation had fulfilled all requirements by the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (N.E.R.C.) and currently in negotiation with the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading PLC (N.B.E.T) for the signing of a Power Purchase Agreement (P.P.A.)