Niger State government in Nigeria, has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPCL). The agreement, signed on Tuesday, is focused on driving industrialization, agriculture, and renewable energy initiatives in the state.
Governor Bago and the Secretary to the State Government, Alh. Abu Bakar Usman, represented the state government in signing the MOU, while the NNPC’s Executive Vice President for Gas, Power, and New Energy, Olalekan Ogunleye, and Managing Director of New Energy Limited, Kanayochukwu Odoe, signed on behalf of the NNPC, according to Dailytrust.
Under the agreement, key projects include the development of a Greenfield Hydroelectric power project, establishment of solar parks in institutions, deployment of home solar systems for 250,000 households, and the creation of a substantial 500 million-litre Ethanol Plant. Additionally, large-scale cultivation of maize, sugarcane, and sweet sorghum on 100,000 hectares of land is planned, with a focus on producing over 500,000 tons of crops to fuel the ethanol plant.
Governor Bago emphasized the multifaceted approach of the initiative, aiming not only for renewable energy solutions but also contributing to agricultural development and clean energy production. NNPC’s Ogunleye echoed the commitment, emphasizing the corporation’s dedication to advancing clean energy projects in Africa for the overall prosperity of Nigeria.