The Cross River State government has signed an agreement with a Dubai firm, Skipper Seil, to provide a 100kva solar lighting generating system to ensure a 24-hour power supply in Calabar, the capital city.
The 100kva solar power intervention is expected to serve as a grid for industrial zones across the 18 Local Government Area of the state.
The agreement signing was held at the Governor’s office in Calabar.
At the ceremony, the President of the firm, Mr Jitender Sachdeva, gave the assurance that construction work would commence in about two months.
Sachdeva expressed confidence in the zeal and doggedness of Governor Ayade, whom he described as one of the few governors in Nigeria who are paying salaries on time.
“Establishing such a project in the state will compliment his efforts in providing good life for residents in the State,” he said.
Pleased at the partnership, Governor Ayade maintained that, “solar power is a new way to go, because it is one way of reducing carbon emission to the atmosphere”.
He believes, the project will create new job opportunities for young people who are now interested in going into power energy and revealed that, discussions were at advanced stage for the immediate communities where the power plants will be located to enjoy power supply from the plants.