Nasarawa State governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule has flagged of the construction of 2km solar powered streetlights across each of the 13 local government areas of the state.
Flagging off the exercise one after the other, in Obi and Nasarawa Eggon Local Government Areas, on Friday, Engineer Sule said the project was to actualize the commitments he made during his inauguration, to achieve in his first one hundred days in office.
The governor reiterated the determination of his administration to provide social services towards the enhancement of socioeconomic activities across the state.
While noting that the construction of the solar powered streetlights in each of the 13 council areas was one of the 47 projects under the 2018 conditional grants scheme of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Engineer Sule said his administration will continue to partner and honour its obligations to development partners to ensure the execution of laudable projects.
He further restated the resolve of his administration to attain the 17 goals of the SDGs aimed at improving the quality of education, provision of portable drinking water, as well as sanitation and sustainable, modern energy for a prosperous Nasarawa State.
Engineer Sule stressed that the objective of the exercise is a zero emission power endeavor that is generated through natural sources and ensures energy efficiency, while also lessening reliance on fossil fuel and reduce global warming due to climate change.
“It’s an energy that is generated from renewable sources which are naturally replenished on human time scale, such as sunlight and wind, with a view to reducing negative effect on the ozone layer and other soil degradation,” the governor explained.
He pointed out that aside from beautification, the solar powered streetlights project will enhance socioeconomic activities across rural communities and that it’s a compact project not easily prone to theft and vandalization unlike in previous cases. Engineer Sule however urged members of the benefitting communities to evolve means of safeguarding the projects, warning the contractors handling the projects to adhere strictly to specifications and standards, while also ensuring that the work is completed within the 3-months time frame.
He dislosed that his administration has empowered youths to monitor the ongoing project towards ensuring that the contractors keep to the required standards.
Earlier, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the governor on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Abubakar Murtala, said the project is a synergy between four different government agencies.
Murtala noted that Engineer Sule is building on a solid foundation laid by the previous administration.
“Engineer Sule is building on continuity, consolidation and sustainability. We are witnessing this feat in the first one hundred days because you can’t have development without synergy between sister agencies and particularly, the sterling leadership provided by the governor,” the SSA stated.