On Tuesday, President Muhammadu Buhari (retd) commissioned the 1.52 MegaWatts Solar Power plant in Abuja, the nation’s capital, to provide uninterrupted power to the Ministries of Works and Housing, Environment, and Lands.
Buhari, who was represented by Mr Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation, said the initiative demonstrated his administration’s commitment to improving power supplies across Nigeria through the mini-grid.
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Report has that the newly commissioned plant was approved by the Federal Executive Council on March 20, 2019 and is expected to deliver power to the five blocks of the two ministries.
The project, according to the President, will also help to reduce carbon emissions, which could pose a threat to the countrys environment.
Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola, Minister of Housing and Works, stated in his speech that the power project would lower the two ministries’ diesel use from 764,248 litres per year to 166,825 litres per year, saving them N270,945,000 over 20 years.
He stated that 382 craftsmen and 176 skilled employees were hired during the project’s execution, and that the government’s operating and recurring expenditures would be reduced as a result.
He said: “What we have delivered, based on the mandate of the Federal Executive Council, is a 1.52 MegaWatts Solar System that will provide uninterrupted power supply to 5 blocks housing the Ministry of Works and Housing and Ministry of Environment and Lands.
“This project employed 382 artisans and 176 skilled workers throughout its duration, in fulfilment of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) of creating jobs.
It would see to the reduction of average diesel consumption from 764,248 litres per annum to 166,825 litres per annum and cost-saving of NGN270,945,000 over 20 years and contribute towards the reduction of government operational expenses and reduction of recurrent expenditure.
It has led to the upgrade and retrofitting of our electrical appliances by replacing 400 old Air-conditioning units with 400 new inverter-based energy-efficient Air-conditioning units and replacing 2,600 old light fittings with energy-efficient LED ones all of which are energy-saving because they consume 40 per cent less energy.