The Japanese Government has donated solar power worth $9.7 million to the Federal Government of Nigeria in a bide to boost electricity in the country.
This was disclosed in Abuja on Tuesday by the Ambassador Japan to Nigeria, Mr Sadanobu Kusaoke, during the inauguration of the project.
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.
“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 emphasised 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.