Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The Israel-Nigerian Cooperative Company plans to build a $10 million solar energy plant somewhere in Nigeria. A spokesperson for the company, Anthony Ohia-Ezukpo, said "Israel will provide the technical expertise for all the projects we will be executing." Ohia-Ezukpo also stated that the company will invest over $100 million in various sectors of the economy such as agriculture, health and construction. These investments, over the course of the next 12 months, will apparently bring 10,000 jobs to the country.

The various reports about new power sources in Nigeria are leaving me a tad bit confused. Is Nigeria's energy future going to rely on coal? Or, is it going to be solar energy? Maybe it will be a little of both, but whatever it is, the necessary power generating plants need to go up TODAY. My mother has not had power for the last 17 days and has been forced to throw out a lot of rotten food. She's not complaining about the situation and refused to mention it to me for fear that I would blog about it (sorry, mom). But, I can only imagine the many others that have gone without electricity for much longer and/or have never even had the benefit of electricity, which is much needed for our nation's development.

So, I will commend the organizers of this new solar energy venture, and encourage all necessary parties to this plan to "get the ball rolling". But, as was the case with the last post I did on solar energy plans in Nigeria, I will ask the questions many readers asked then,

  1. Where is the solar energy plant going to be located?
  2. When will construction begin and when is it scheduled to end?
  3. How will the power be transmitted to customers? (thanks, Imnakoya)
  4. Will Israel share their "technical expertise" with Nigeria?
I am sure many of you reading this have additional questions, and it is only fair that we all ask them. Whether they will be answered by those in a position to provide concrete information is a whole other story.

And as for the Brutish Airways' degrading and inhumane treatment of 136 passengers on a recent flight, the Nigeria Bar Association has taken the airline to court. That situation is not going to die down easily. I hear April 30th is the day the boycott begins...

Further Reading:
- Solar Energy Plans
- Could Coal Be A Power Solution For Nigeria?
- Power Blackouts Loom Across Nigeria
- Nigerian Power Scandal: Authority Stealing
- Who Will Develop Nigeria?
- Who Will Develop Nigeria Pt. 2

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Dojaa said...

Nigeria Bar Association is doing the right thing, I am sure that at the end of this debate Nigerians will get a little more respect.

Unknown said...

Ref "WHAT IS NIGERIA'S ENERGY PLAN?"...the operative word here is plan. And you can substitue "energy" with "health" "education" etc will be just as correct.

Atutupoyoyo said...

My daughter thank you for your very pertinent questions.

1.The solar energy plant will of course be located in the part of the country with the greatest amount of annual thunderstorms and rainfall. We are considering Abonnema, Warri , Yenegoa and other dense, tropical regions.

2.We began by tendering contracts with a view to an 18 month completion period. We later extended this to 36 months and have now settled on 48 months. You will be pleased to learn however that we have successfully awarded the contract to Charlie Charlie associates who will commence work in April 2016.

3.The power will be transmitted using fibre optic cables which will run via Cotonou. It is anticipated that we can get power to the first cluster (likely to be FCT) by June 2024

4.Yes Israel will form a strategic alliance with us and we have already held some high level discussions about the nature of their technical expertise and how it is best delivered. It is hoped that our economy will soon emulate that of Israel’s : No longer will our government be corrupt, no longer will we have a figurehead president that acquiesces to the every need of the West, personal safety will no longer be in decline, police forces will no longer face collapse under the sheer workload. Yes Nigeria will soon be just like Israel.

A. Poyoyo

Hon Minister of Internal Mago-Mago

TheAfroBeat said...

LOL @ Atutu's solar plan...let's hear it for 2024!

@ Chikwe, i hear you!

I do hope that this cooperative company is in this for the long haul and plans to make some major profits out of this (if there's pure profit involved, it'll get done hopes!). Basic solar roofs alone supply renewable and pollution-free energy, and i'm pretty sure that solar energy generation on a large scale is just as clean, so i think we owe it to ourselves (and planet earth) to get on the bandwagon of clean energy and reverse some of the karma of the last 50 years of crude oil.

Anonymous said...

Solar energy....goodstuff. Really, Nigeria should have already been into it by now, its about time..I guess it's only just now a couple of people have taken the initiative to do something....nice

webround said...

these are the kind of questions that the literates in the society should be asking during election campaigns..
"what method are u going to use for power generation - coal,solar, hydro, nuclear? why the particular method that you have chosen?"
"how are you going to maintain the roads - through direct labor or private participation?"

it is supposed to be "the how", not "what u are promising to do". Maybe if we can start doing this, then the politicians will actually have a plan before they get into power.

Beauty said...

Why does this solar energy news sound like a line out of Fela's lyrics? "Yes Nigeria will soon be just like Israel." Yes yes yes, bring in Mr contractor and make big gig big plan. I am still laughing with no end in sight.

Words are important, they cement our relations. FG or G should show us pilot results before haemorrhaging more cash & effort. Publishing it after version X is more credible than talking and planning it. Wake up people.

guerreiranigeriana said...

lol @ chikwe and atutu...abeg all this me when they have actually implemented something o!!!...the confusion for that government no get end!....

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