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December 2, 2023

Sokoto to boost electricity supply with N5bn investment

The Sokoto State Government has pledged to secure uninterrupted electricity supply.

According to the state, this is in a bid to promote socio-economic and agricultural progress under the current administration.

The state Commissioner for Energy and Petroleum Resources, Sanusi Danfulani, disclosed this during an interview with newsmen after visiting the Goronyo Dam project on Friday.

“The vision of the governor of Sokoto state, Dr. Ahmed Aliyu is to surmount all electricity supply challenges with aim to attract investors and give Sokoto state aggressive transformation that will engender economic development,” Danfulani said.

“And you can only achieve that with uninterrupted power supply, so the governor, Dr Ahmed Aliyu, has committed N5bn to provide electricity for the welfare of the Sokoto people and socio, economic and agricultural development in the state.”

To achieve this goal, the state government has approved N2 billion to complete the 35MW Independent Power Project initiated by the administration of Senator Aliyu Wamakko, as well as N3 billion for the already commenced solar energy project.

The commissioner also revealed that the state government is collaborating with foreign energy companies to source five hydroelectric megawatts from the Goronyo Dam to complement the state-owned IPP.

“The Goronyo Hydro project was capable of providing 25 megawatts, but the government decided to use only five megawatts to allow the agricultural sector to flourish,” Danfulani explained.

“If completed, the five megawatts would be used to provide energy to Goronyo, Isa, Sabon birni, Rabah, Wurno, Gada , Illela and Gwadabawa local government areas.”

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