The Kebbi State Government has allocated 200 hectares of land to a private investor to set up a 5,600 megawatts solar power plant in the state.
A former Chief of Staff to Governor Atiku Bagudu, and the National Organising Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Suleiman Muhammad-Argungu, told newsmen in Birnin Kebbi that the company would soon begin work on the project.
According to him, a team of 30 Canadian technicians are due in the state soon to begin work on the project.
“The project will be located at Fakon Sarki in Argungu and has been designed to improve and stabilise electricity supply to all communities in the state, as well as to create jobs,’’ he said.
He added that the state had already secured the consent of the Transmission Company of Nigeria to set up a transmission station to be sited between Argungu and Fakon Sarki.
Muhammad-Argungu said that Kebbi had also facilitated private sector investment in air transportation with the opening of an aviation college in the state.
According to him, the aviation college sited at the Ahmadu Bello International Airport, Birnin Kebbi, would train pilots and aeronautics engineers.
“This will pave way for daily commercial flights from the state to other parts of Nigeria and to African countries.
“Already, the college has begun the training of 60 persons, out of whom 80 per cent are indigenes,’’ he said.
Muhammad-Argungu lauded the state government for interventions in the industrial sector which led to the setting up of rice mills in Argungu, Birnin Kebbi and Kamba, as well as tomato processing factory at Ngaski.