In a bid t boost electricity in the country, the Japanese Government, through its agency, Japan International Cooperation Agency, has donated solar power worth $9.7 million to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
The Ambassador of Japan to Nigeria, Mr Sadanobu Kusaoke, disclosed this in Abuja on Tuesday during the inauguration of the project.
Kusaoke stated that Japan considered the power sector as one of the most important areas to enhance Nigeria’s socio-economic development.
He said, “Since from 1970s, Japan has helped to finance power sector to increase the capacity of power in Kainji dam hydro power station.
“This is the 10th project of power sector by the Japan’s government since then and this will not be our last.”
He said the project which entailed 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.
He said, “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.”
According to Kusaoke, stable power supply is crucial to support industry and to improve economy and the lives of people.
The ambassador emphasized the importance of stable power supply to Nigeria’s quest to diversify her economy.
He commended the designer of the project, Toyota Tsusho Corporation, for its design, management and the completion of the project on schedule.
Kusaoke, who explained that the project was capable of generating 1,496MWH, added that this would result in reduction of N31.5 million per year for payment of the electricity bill.
Present at the inauguration, Alhaji Hudu Bello, the Director, FCT Water Board, who expressed gratitude to the government of Japan and its agency JICA, said the project would improve revenue accruable from the water sector in the FCT.
He said, “This is elaborate project that will improve water supply to the residents of Abuja; it will also reduce the rate at which we consume diesel to pump water.”
Bello said the project would reduce the cost of generating electricity and also contribute power to the national grid to improve supply within the nation’s capital.