By Chuwang Dungs, Lafia
The Nasarawa State governor, Abdullahi Sule, on Friday said his administration has set a target of generating 100 mega watts coal powered electric generation plant in the state.
The governor who stated this at the foundation laying ceremony of 2 kilometers solar powered street lights at Obi, the headquarters of Obi Local Governments Area of the state, said he will engage the services of American power giants, General Electric, to establish the plant.
He said the state government will procure four turbines from South Africa which are expected to produce about 100 megawatts of electricity that can serve the entire state.
“My administration is working out modalities to engage the General Electric (GE) company to develop the coal deposit in Obi Local Government Area into a full power station that can generate about 100 megawatts of electricity to serve the entire state”.
Speaking on the advantages of the solar street lights which will be install in all the 13 local government areas of the state, he said one of the major advantages was that it would slow down the velocity of global warming.
He said: “When the solar streetlights are installed, they will slow down the velocity of global warming and subsequently reduce the negative effect that the global warming has on the ozone layers.”
According to the governor, “the idea behind the solar streetlights, was borne out of my earlier commitment during my inauguration to provide uninterrupted power supply to some parts of the state.”
In his welcome address, the chairman of Obi council area, Mohammed Eyimoga commended the foresight of Governor Sule towards infrastructures development across the state.
He equally assured the governor of the Obi town community’s readiness to jealously protect the facility in order to spur the governor into citing more projects in the area.