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Wednesday, August 24, 2016


The Japanese Government, through its agency, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), has donated solar power worth $9.7 million to the Federal Government to boost electricity in the country.

This was disclosed in Abuja, on Tuesday, by the Ambassador of Japan to Nigeria, Sadanobu Kusaoke, during the inauguration of the project declaring that the Japanese government considered the power sector as one of the most important areas to enhance Nigeria`s socio-economic development.

Kusaoke declared that stable power supply is crucial to support industries and to improve economy and the lives of people as he acknowledged the importance of stable power supply to Nigeria`s quest to diversify her economy.

“Since from 1970s, Japan has helped to finance power sector to increase the capacity of power in Kainji dam hydro power station,” Kusaoke revealed.

“This is the 10th project of power sector by the Japan`s Government since then and this will not be our last.

“This project which entails the introduction of clean energy by solar electricity was donated by the government of Japan to boost power and water supply at Usman Dam Water Treatment Plant.

“The project is being executed with grant assistance worth Nine Hundred and Eighty Million Japanese YEN (980,000,000 JPY) (equivalent to approximately 9.7 million USD) through JICA.

Kusaoke also commended the designer of the project, Toyota Tsusho Corporation, for its design, management and the completion of the project on schedule revealing that the project was capable of generating 1,496MWH which would result in reduction of N31.5 million per year for payment of the electricity bill.

Mr Hirotaka Nakamura, Chief Representative of JICA, Nigeria office, in his speech, declared that developing alternative energy sources such as solar, wind and hydropower will boost electricity in the country adding that the project was designed to introduce a demonstration unit of solar electricity generation system with a view to increasing its economic strength on a sustainable basis.

“Following successful tests on the installed solar system, the first phase of the project with generation capacity of 975kwp is being commissioned today,” he said.

“The second phase will bring additional 207kwp generation to this system hopefully in January 2017.”

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