In furtherance of his resolve to ensure a 24- hour power supply in Cross River State, particularly in Calabar, Governor Ben Ayade, has signed a pact with a Dubai-based firm, Skipper Seil, to provide a 100KVA solar lighting generating system.
Also signed was an agreement for a 26 megawatts gas power turbine at the Tinapa Business and Leisure Resort, as well as the training of trainers in the Institute of Technology and Management (ITM), Ugep.
At the agreement signing ceremony held at the Governor’s Office, Calabar, President of the firm, Mr. Jitender Sachdeva, gave the assurance that his firm will commence construction in two months.
“We will work very hard, fine tune all the activities and try to be on ground after the PPA in December. I want to assure you that the plant in Tinapa for 26 megawatts will give a boost to electricity and will be completed in 18 months’ time,” Sachdeva said.
He added that his firm chose to invest in the state due to the investmentfriendly policies of the Ayade administration and the fact that the state was peaceful and safe. On the Institute of Technology and Management, Ugep, Sachdeva said: “In addition to our Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR), we have sent our team for the study of the technical institute here in the state and I can, with pride say, we are going to associate with your state in education as the institute is now fully geared to start.”
Sachdeva expressed confidence in the zeal and doggedness of Governor Ayade, whom he described as ‘one of the few governors in Nigeria today who were paying salaries on time,’ adding that ‘your projects are moving, your garment factory has been completed and I see you getting energy all the time even in the night and morning.’
Responding, Ayade said the 100KVA solar power intervention will serve as a grid for industrial zones across the 18 council areas of the state. According to him, “Solar power is a new way to go, because it is one way of reducing carbon emission to the atmosphere. It also creates new job opportunities for young people who are now interested in going into solar energy.”
The governor also hinted that discussions were at advanced stage for the immediate communities where the power plants will be located to enjoy power supply from the plants.