The Northern Governors have expressed commitment to harvest 2000 megawatts of solar power from the ample sunlight energy potentials available across all the 19 States and the Federal Capital Territory.
Mr. Simon Lalong, Chairman of the forum and Governor of Plateau, made this known in a statement on the backdrop of the joint meeting with the Northern Traditional Rulers Council.
According to him, the Northern leaders have unanimously restated their commitment to developing solar energy in the region by leveraging on the comparative advantage of sunlight.
Lalong in a communique released at the end of the meeting said that the forum and traditional rulers reviewed all the major challenges facing the north and evolved strategies to tackle them in the interest of the country, at large.
EnergyDay in a data obtained from solar radiation data concerning the potential of solar energy in Nigeria, showed that the Northern part of the country, is the region with the highest electricity generation capacity.
Northern States Governors’ Forum had in 2016 signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with General Electric International for the construction of five solar plants in Borno, Kebbi, Nassarawa, Niger, and Taraba States, to generate 500 megawatts of electricity for northern Nigeria.
The 19 Governors of the North had during the MoU said the intention was to provide power solutions for industrial development, with a view to creating jobs, stimulating our economies, and making life better for our people.