06 February 2016, Lagos — Delta State government has taken a bold step towards boosting electricity supply by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a Chinese Company, Yutal Li Nigeria Limited for the provision of a 100 megawatts solar powered electricity generating plant.
The State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, who presided over the signing of the MoU in Asaba said the partnership was necessary because of the importance of electricity supply to the growth of micro, small, medium scale enterprises, which would not only give a boost to employment but, to the socio-economic development of the state.
The MoU was signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Hon. Ovie Agas on behalf of the Delta State’ government and the Managing Director of Yutai Li Nigeria Limited, Mr. Liping Ding.
Okowa said his administration would always be proactive in partnering reputable investors on how to fast-track the development of the state.
He said: “The MoU we are signing today (Wednesday) is for the construction of a 100 megawatts of solar power plant; we have had some reasonable agreement with the company, the land they need for the power plant has been sourced for.”
“The company is ready to be involved in the use of solar energy to generate power which will help to improve the power supply in the state and the country,” the Governor stated, emphasising, “it is heart-warming to know that solar energy is an efficient and effective way of preserving our environment and I call on host communities to cooperate with the company as it has the capacity of creating employment opportunities for our people in addition to helping to increase electricity supplied to the national grid.”