The Governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatah Ahmed, said that the state government plans to deploy solar energy systems to villages, small scale businesses and key government establishments to boost electricity supply.
He disclosed this on Sunday when he received the National President, Licensed Electrical Contractors Association of Nigeria, Otunba Dele Akintola at the Government House in Ilorin.
According to him, the plan, when materialized, will also enhance economic activities of the state.
He said the move would provide alternative source of energy supply to critical sectors of the state economy, instead of waiting endlessly for energy supply through the current hydro-thermal energy source.
“Those to benefit from the proposed solar energy systems include Water Corporation, hospitals, villages, small businesses and isolated critical government areas.
“Energy is the most important ingredient and determinant of economic growth and development of any country in the world,” the governor added.
He announced that the first phase of Light up Kwara State had commenced with the erection of street light across major roads within Ilorin, the state capital.