Kebbi State Government,NASENI to Collaborate To Create Jobs in State.
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Kebbi State Government,NASENI to Collaborate In Rural Electrification, Agricultural Development Machines. Others To Create Jobs in Kebbi State.

…..AS Bagudu Inspects NASENI Technology Facilities in Abuja.

The Kebbi State Governor, SENATOR Abubakar Atiku Bagudu has disclosed that the Kebbi State government will work with the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) and the Kebbi State in the promotion of rural electrification and agricultural development in order to create wealth and job opportunities at the state level.

On NASENI’s proficiency for a better economy, Governor Bagudu observed that “using indigenous skills and equipment, having inspected the technology facilities of NASENI, I believe that in Nigeria we have potential but we need the political will to unbundle our potential and if we utilize what we have we will go a long way without necessarily depend on imported capital goods”.

Both Kebbi State and NASENI agreed to work together when Kebbi State Governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu paid a courtesy visit to the Agency’s Headquarters in Abuja yesterday.

Speaking on NASENI’s intervention in two areas of partnership; energy and agriculture, the Executive Vice Chairman/ Chief Executive of NASENI, Engr. Prof. Mohammed Sani Haruna said the  Agency is the only government institution  in the whole of West Africa to have established a Solar Panel manufacturing plant for the production of solar panels and has also developed small hydro power plant to be installed in towns and villages across the country for the generation of electricity as well as numerous agricultural equipment aimed at economic development.

 Prof.Haruna explained that, “Kebbi State like other states in Nigeria needs rural electrification, they need solar energy, and they all have rivers that are good for the installation of NASENI small hydro turbines. We are producing and manufacturing these equipment and machines, these things are needed to support the energy supply in the states. We have produced some agricultural implements, some processing machines for agriculture, equipment etc. All these potentials are targeted at supporting the states in real time development efforts”.

Stressing further he said “NASENI not only will install the machines, but will train the people on how to participate in their use including how the youths could be gainfully employed by developing vocational skills around the technologies and associated services in states as provided by NASENI” he said.

According to EVC/CE NASENI, the Jigawa state government also had keyed into similar areas of interventions in the state. “They have existing infrastructure that require local participation and that is what we are doing, they have some machines that we are participating in carrying out repairs on, they have some street lights that we are converting to solar” etc, he further disclosed.

The kebbi State Governor said, “We will patronize NASENI as we wish to benefit from them in many ways. We are also considering patronizing them in the agricultural machineries, those that had already been developed particularly threshers for rice processing. I believe a lot will be done”.

 When asked if the Governor could assist NASENI to sensitize the Federal Government to embrace NASENI technologies in the power sector, he said “the federal Government has competent hands in the power sector; It is just that every challenge is unique in its own way. The Federal Ministry of Power can be put to challenge although the challenges facing the nation is enormous. What is important is for the usage of all electricity generation or distribution,including manufactures also in transmission resources should be deployed in order to appreciate always that everyone can contribute in his own way”, he affirmed.

SIGNED:

Olusegun Ayeoyenikan

Chief Information Officer.

From R-L : EVC/CE NASENI, Engr. Prof. Mohammed Sani Haruna, Kebbi State Governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, Kebbi State Commissioner of Finance, Alhaji Ibrahim Mohammed Augie