The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Power, Ambassador Godknows Igali, has said that as part of the Federal Government’s efforts to increase power generation, the ministry was diversifying its apparatus and championing the development of solar power.
The permanent secretary added that one megawatt of electricity could be generated from one hectare of land. He therefore, called on state governors, especially those from the North, to avail investors in solar energy adequate land to set up solar infrastructure.
He said: “The ministry is championing the development of solar power because solar power has come to stay. “That is why we tell the state governors to give land to those that want to build solar power. “Many times when investors come and we send them to the states, they push them up and down because that one hectare is denying a lot of farmers from using their land”.
“But in the North, there is a lot of land and I think the northern states, where there is a lot of sunshine and land, should encourage solar energy” he added.