This Day (Lagos)

6 December 2012

Nigeria: Germany, Katsina Collaborate On Wind Farm Project

Determined to partner Nigeria in finding a lasting solution to the problem of power supply in the country, the German ambassador to Nigeria Mrs. Dorothy Janetzke-Wenzel has assured of her country's readiness to promote alternative energy sources through renewable energy.

Janetzke-Wenzel who said she was impressed with the take-off of the 30 Mega Watts Wind Energy farm in Kankia Local Government Area of Katsina state, said the problem of electricity supply in Nigeria would be solved if other sources of energy were sought and effectively tapped.

The German ambassador who spoke in Katsina during the flag of the project, expressed optimism that her country, as a strong partner of Nigeria would assist in seeing that their own part was fulfilled in completing the project.

The Governor of the State Dr. Ibrahim Shema who officially flagged off the project, said the 30 mega watts plant, which is the first in Nigeria, would benefit Katsina people and urged the Kankia indigenes and the entire state to ensure full support to the project.

Shema confirmed that the project was being undertaken by the Nigerian German Energy Commission, under a partnership to boost energy supply. He however urged the company handling the project to ensure that the June 2013 deadline for the plant to come on stream was achieved, even as he pledged the state's commitment to see the project to fruition.

He stated that the existing partnership between Nigeria and Germany would help

in tapping the hydro, gas and wind energy sources for the socio economic development of the state and the country as a whole.

Shema pointed out that though the German efficiency in energy supply was not doubtful, he however lamented that the shortage in electricity in the country, which has become a source of worry to every Nigerian started long before the inception of the administration.

The governor said he was impressed that the federal government has decided to tackle the issue headlong and is working hard to tap all the energy sources to address the matter once and for all.

He said the electricity project when completed, would encourage the development of industries, technology and the creation of jobs for the youths of the state.

Also speaking, Katsina state commissioner for Resource Development, Mr. Musa Nashuni disclosed that as a demonstration of its commitment to the electricity project, government had already issued the Certificate of Occupancy for the project site, adding that the current administration had since its inception been trying to develop alternative source of energy.

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