Gusau – The ZamfaraÂ State Government has awarded a N2 billion contract for the provision of solar and wind driven electricity in 70 communities across its 14 local government areas.
The contract, which was awarded to Kresto Paco Ltd, an Abuja-based engineering company, will cover five communities each from the 14 local government councils of the state, before December this year.
The project, which has taken off at Kazaude, one of the benefitting communities in Gusau LocalCouncil, is expected to provide 700kws of electricity to compliment PHCN electricity provision in the state.
Speaking during the facility inspection visit to the project site at Kazaude, Chairman of the council, Alhaji Ahmad Bagu, said the project would be funded through the local government joint accounts.
He said the project, which is the first of its kind in the country, was expected to stimulate economic growth and delivery of dividends of democracy at the grassroots.
Bagu then urged the benefitting communities to â€œjealouslyâ€ guard the installations and protect them from vandals, so that the project could have a lasting benefit to the people.
â€œThis project is yours as such you must make every effort to safeguard it from miscreants and vandals for it to have a lasting benefit,” he added.
In a brief remark, the project coordinator of the engineering firm, Mr Sam Okojie, said the project had maintenance and life guarantee of 25 years.