Kano State government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) for the construction of a 132 KVA Transmission line aimed at delivering more electricity to boost socio-economic activities in Nigeria’s second-largest commercial city.
The MoU was signed in a ceremony held at Kano State government Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja.
Speaking at the ceremony, the State governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, said the move is aimed at boosting the State’s economy with the needed industrial expansion and improved small scale businesses.
“Providing electricity to Kano is a task that must be done. We are ready to accept all the requirements attached to this MoU. And you will see action immediately. Ours is to bring back the lost glory of the State when industries were reigning.” Governor Ganduje said.
“With the new MoU Kano would be getting electricity from 3 to 4 directions, as a government, we have been doing our best to see that electricity problem becomes a thing of the past. Our effort in using our Dams to get more electricity has been a welcome development, but it will not be enough because the Dams are also used for irrigation farming.”
“That is why I am saying what Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) is bringing is a good omen for the development of the state. Our industries will fully bounce back. When Solar project was tested we found some lapses in it also”. The governor added.
Governor Ganduje promised to raise a powerful committee that would work towards facilitating the realisation of the project.
“I will also put heads together with my other two colleagues, the governors of Jigawa and Katsina states, to see that, this good omen succeed,” Ganduje assured.
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of TCN, U. G. Mohammed, assured the governor that with the new MoU and its implementation in place, the problem of electricity would be substantially reduced.
“If we solve the problem of transmission then the problem of distribution is very simple and in fact, the distribution of electricity is the weakest part of the chain.”
“When the new Transmission is completed, Kano could be the state with the best electricity supply in the country, which will also bring back the glory of the state industrial sector and other businesses.”
“We have been trying. That is why Kumbotso, Dan Agundi and Dakata Transmission centres were all increased in their capacities to 100 percent, “ the MD said.
The Memorandum of Understanding is between Kano, Jigawa, Katsina States and the TCN for the construction of 132KV Transmission Line through Daura-Kazaure-Dambatta-Babura and 2x60MVA, 132/33KV Substation at Kazaure and Babura and 2x60MVA 132/33KV Substation at Mashi, with Turnin and Turnout Katsina-Daura 132KV Transmission Line at Mashi, as Transmission project.
According to the provisions of the MoU, each State would satisfy all acquisition requirements for Rights of Way and payment of compensation for lands in respect of the Transmission Line.
It also provides for the acquisition/provision of land measuring 300x300sq for the construction of substations at Kazaure, Babura and Mashi as well as issuance of Title Documents to TCN.
The MoU also covers the provision of assistance in managing community relations throughout the duration of the project.