Kano State governor Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has distributed 100 transformers valued at N500 million to 100 communities across the 44 local government areas of the state.
While distributing the transformers to the chairmen of the various communities, Ganduje said the rationale behind the gesture was to rescue them from acute power blackout they have been experiencing in their communities for years.
With the provision of the transformers, Ganduje said he will personally supervise the distribution and installations which will be done by KEDCO. And urged benefiting communities to guide and protect the facilities against vandalism and theft.
Also, as part of private interventions to provide permanent solutions to the inadequate supply of electricity in the state, the governor informed all present that Alhaji Aliko Dangote had earlier requested the state government to make available to him, a piece of land where he intends to establish a solar power plant. Even as a German firm has also indicated interest to establish a solar plant in Kano.
‘‘With all these support,’’ he said, ‘‘we shall overcome the challenges of acute supply of electricity in Kano DISCOS.”
Speaking also, the commissioner for Rural and Urban Development Musa Illiasu Kwankwaso, explained that out of the 600 communities critically in need of electricity, 100 were selected for the phase 1 project. He pledged government’s commitment to ensure that other communities benefits next time.
Apart from the transformer distribution, Kwankwaso said his ministry is partnering with a French Company to construct 500 kilometers feeder roads across the 44 local government areas to enable access to rural communities.