The Cross River State Government in Nigeria has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Oando Clean Energy at the COP28 climate conference in Dubai to collaborate on a wind power project, Premium Times reported.
The Cross River State Governor, Bassey Otu, represented by the state Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations, Oden Ewa expressed the state’s commitment to the green economy and sustainable energy solutions.
He added that the strategic partnership with the energy company aligned with the state’s vision to leverage clean and sustainable energy solutions, and also contribute to the state’s economic growth.
“We believe they (Oando) can lead climate change mitigation, while boosting our GDP, aligning with our strategic government objectives,” he said.
“We believe Oando is set to break ground in 2024. By the next COP, we anticipate the full implementation or advanced stages of these projects. Our MoU solidifies our belief that these projects will come to fruition.”
Oando Clean Energy will conduct a technical evaluation to assess the feasibility of wind energy in Cross River State, emphasizing the potential for job creation and positive impacts on climate change mitigation and economic development in the region.
“Creating power that people desperately need in Nigeria is something that will change lives, by creating jobs and allowing people to fend for themselves and earn an honest living.
“We are already engaged in identifying the best locations across every state in the country for wind energy extraction. With Cross River, our focus will be on a more detailed and equipment-based assessment,” President of Oando Clean Energy, Ainojie Irune said.
Mr Irune assured that the company would deploy specialised equipment to ensure the effective harnessing of wind energy.
“Our objective is to capture these winds in a manner that facilitates power creation, subsequently feeding the generated energy into the grid,” he said.