Greentech Lead Africa: Darius Ishaku, the Minister of
State for Power, Nigeria, said the country’s first wind power project will be
commissioned in Kastina State in July.
Funded by the Japanese International Co-operation Agency,
JICA, the wind farm is expected to contribute 10 MW to the national grid.
The statement issued by the Assistant Director of Press
at the ministry, Deworitshe Patricia, said the minister made the disclosure
yesterday when a two-man delegation from the Kastina State Government paid him
a courtesy call in Abuja.
The delegation was led by Kastina State Commissioner of
Water Resources, Jamilu Mohammed Danmusa and the Special Adviser on Higher
Education, Dr. Garba Shehu Matazu.
The minister said another 0.8 MW would be transmitted
directly to the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University, Kastina to serve the university
community which would be sourced from a solar energy project also on going in
He advised the state government to woo private investors
to the state to participate in the provision of electricity.
He noted that the three dams in the State – Zobe, Sapke
and Jibia – when fully utilised, would provide electricity for the people of
the states and its neighbours.
Ishaku said the feasibility reports on Zobe and Jibia
dams have been completed and submitted to government.
The Kurfi, Kankara, Malumfashi sub-stations and the Daura
lines have been re-awarded to improve the power supply in Kastina and Kano
states, the minister assured.