Kano state Executive Council presided over by Governor Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso has approved execution of Tiga dam and Challawa Gorge Hydroelectricity Projects at the total cost of N14, 228, 852, 600.
The two projects will be jointly financed by the state government and the 44 local government councils. Under the funding agreement, the 44 local governments will contribute N250 million each, totalling N11 billion while the state government will contribute the balance of N3, 228, 852, 600.
Governor Kwankwaso, who revealed this in a meeting with the expanded causcus of the new PDP at the Government House, Kano, explained that Tiga dam will generate 10Megawatts while Challawa Gorge dam will generate 25megawtts of electricity. He disclosed electricity generated from the two projects will be used mainly to power water treatment plants, street/traffic lights and possibly industrial areas in the state.
The governor stated that the design and construction of the two projects was awarded to Messrs. Skipper Nigeria Ltd., a subsidiary of Skipper Electricals, a leading Indian Multinational Company having their own manufacturing plants in Lagos (Nigeria) and Sharjah (UAE), apart from three (3) manufacturing plants in India.
The company is a well reputed and renowned name in Transformers, Sub-Stations, Sub-Stations Equipments, CT, PT, OHL Hardware and Accessories among others Worldwide.
Accordingly, the state executive council has directed the state Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport to initiate process of signing of agreement for the commencement of the two projects which are significant milestones in the socio-economic transformation of the state.
In the same vein, the state Ministry of Finance was instructed to release mobilization fees to the contractor upon the presentation of Bank Guarantee from a reputable bank and subsequent payments upon valuation of certificates.