In Nigeria, Jigawa state government officials announced, last weekend, a plan to convert motorized water schemes to solar-powered water schemes throughout the state. This undertaking will mark a revolutionary process for the agriculture-heavy state and will cut costs and state-wide expenditures.
According to Footprint to Africa, N90 million has been set aside for the project to convert the state’s fuel consuming, inefficient generator-powered water mechanisms to more Eco-friendly, cost efficient water powered solar energy based schemes.
Alhaji Ibrahim Hanu-Giwa, Commissioner of Water Resources in Jigawa state, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in the capital city of Dutse today.
Hanu-Giwa went further to explain that almost all water schemes throughout the state were powered by big, expensive generators that used large amounts of fuel and required costly maintenance.
The commissioner stated that the project would commence in the second quarter of 2016 in all zonal water schemes falling under the Jigawa local government areas which include Dutse, Ringim,Kazaure, Gumel, and Hadejia.