The Northern States Governors’ Forum and General Electric International yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding, MOU, for the construction of five solar plants in some parts of Northern Nigeria.
The plants are expected to generate 500 megawatts of electricity.
Chairman of the Northern States Governors’ Forum, and Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, signed the agreement on behalf of the governors, while General Electric’s Senior Executive, Western Europe and Africa, Armand Pineda, and the President/Chief Executive Officer, General Electric, Nigeria, Lazarus Angbazo, signed on behalf of their company in a brief ceremony which held at Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja.
Based on the MOU, the General Electric, which has 120 years experience in power generation, is to build five solar power plants to be located in Borno, Kebbi, Nassarawa, Niger and Taraba States.
Each of the plants is expected to generate 100 megawatts of electricity totaling 500 megawatts across the 5 states.
The electricity is meant to stimulate economic activities and social services in the affected states through boosting agricultural food processing, small scale businesses in addition to supplying electricity to schools and hospitals.