Africa’s conglomerate and indigenous investor, Dangote Group, has signed a Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with the Kano State Government for the proposed 100MW Dangote-Black Rhino Solar Power Plant.
The formal agreement for the project, which is to be sited at Zakirai, in Gabasawa Local Government area of the state, took place yesterday, 10th August, 2017, at the office of Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Usman Alhaji, in Kano.
Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote said the MoU was yet another milestone in the evolving partnership between Dangote Group and Government of Kano state in their determination to improve nation’s economy.
He described the situation of decadence in the power sector, which resulted in decline of the status of Kano, a once vibrant industrial and commercial City in the past three decades as sad.
Represented by the Group’s Executive Director, Engr. Mansur Ahmed, Dangote said it was incumbent, and necessary for the benefit of the people of Kano; and the entire nation to restore the economy’s vibrancy.
He decried the power challenges, which have continued to militate against industrialisation and economic development in the state, saying, “As we all know Kano’s pre-eminent status as a great entrepot and centre of commerce in the sub-Saharan region for almost two centuries has sadly declined.
The plant, which is a state-of- the- art renewable energy infrastructure, will be fully financed, jointly by Dangote Industries Ltd and its global strategic partner, Black Rhino Group.
Signing the MoU on behalf of the government, SSG, Alhaji Usman Alhaji, said event showcased the sacrifice of Aliko Dangote, a son of the soil, for the people of the ancient City of Kano, and indeed, the nation in general.
He said his office had performed another strategic ceremony, where it the distributed vehicles to various security agents to enhance security of the state.
“The security concern, is all part of effort of Kano state government to secure the state and its investments, such as the Dangote-Black Rhino project, Alhaji disclosed.
He expressed gratitude to Aliko Dangote for making Kano proud adding that all hands would be on deck towards seeing to completion of the desired project in good time.