NIGERIA – Sokoto State Government has appealed to the Federal Government to deploy resources and expertise to the state in its bid to develop wind and other alternative energy sources.
Speaking when he hosted officials from the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology and the Centre for Energy Research and Training, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal said Nigeria’s desire to have sustainable and affordable electricity could not be achieved without diversification of the country’s energy sources.
He said, “In Sokoto the potential to generate electricity from hydro, carbon and solar sources is high. But I am very particular about wind energy because it has not been explored in the past. All that is needed is a political will and organisational capacity and capability to bring all stakeholders together and produce result,” Tambuwal said, according to a statement issued by his spokesman, Malam Imam Imam, further emphasised the importance of alternative energy and observed that the government was willing to harness all sources of energy available so as to meet up with energy needs of the state.
He said during his time as the Speaker of the House of Representatives efforts were made to pass legislations that would have removed power supply from the exclusive legislative list to concurrent legislative list to allow states and local governments to generate power and distribute as they deemed fit.