Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, is to partner a consortium of firms in drawing a master plan on how best to achieve alternative source of electricity to improve power supply in the state and to boost economic activities.
Commissioner for Infrastructure and Public Utilities, Engr. Bamidele Faparusi, spoke in Ado Ekiti yesterday, said the consortium of renewable energy companies was led by Dr. Wieber Boer, the Chief Executive Officer of All On Energy Company.
According to Faparusi, the firms visited Ekiti on Thursday May 9, 2019, to explore partnership opportunities with Ekiti State Government on off grid Electricity.
The commissioner noted that other companies in the Consortium include; Lumos, Starlight, OoluSolar, Rubitec Solar and GV Projects.
According to the Commissioner, “Governor Fayemi shared his administration’s Power Masterplan for Ekiti State with them and directed his team to commence discussion on areas of convergence to ensure that the State power situation is improved upon as early as possible.
“We are not unaware of the significance of electricity to economic development and that is why we are exploring alternative opportunities to generate power.
“As we speak, the state government has viable dams, which we are investing in and our waterfalls are there, if we want to go through turbine system, all these can generate power for the state to make our medium scale enterprises work and to improve our Gross Domestic Product (GDP).”
The commissioner commended the consortium for their confidence in the administration of Kayode Fayemi ,assuring the willingness of the ministry to partner with alternative power providers to break the monopoly of the distribution companies.
Faparusi added that the government has commenced work on Renewable Energy Policy (REP) that will attract investors into the energy sector of the state.