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KEDCO Utility 2.0: Kano DisCo Partners Best Renewable Energy Companies to Enhance Electricity Supply in Franchise States

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KEDCO is pleased to announce the allocation of 41 prioritized sites to 31 of the best Renewable and Off-Grid Companies in Nigeria to accelerate improvement in energy supply to its customers.

The KEDCO Utility 2.0 Project seeks to enhance energy security within the KEDCO network, by unlocking renewable energy potential in the area and aligning with the Federal Government’s energy transition plan.

KEDCO has advanced in engaging with relevant stakeholders especially the Governments of the tri-state of Kano, Katsina, and Jigawa for input and support toward the success of these projects.
The 41 Sites were selected across the tri-state for the development of interconnected mini-grids and embedded generation projects to augment grid supply and improve reliability in the network. To reduce losses, all projects include network infrastructure upgrades similar to the $2 million, Zawaciki Solar Power Plant developed by KEDCO’s core investors – Future Energies Africa FEA, as a pilot for KEDCO Utility 2.0.

Sites include Tokarawa Industrial Area, Amana and Kwankwasiyya Cities in Kano, Charanchi, Malumfashi, and Barhim Estate in Katsina and Kafin Hausa and Gumel towns, both in Jigawa State (see full site list below).

Earlier, KEDCO had announced that players in the Renewable Energy and Off-Grid space such as Axxela, PowerGen, DayStar, Elektron, Bagaja, ProServe, Husk and Westa (see full list below) had indicated interest in working with KEDCO on phase 1 of its Utility 2.0 concept. After a comprehensive procurement process, the Pre-qualified Developers were grouped into two categories – Tier 1 (1MW sites or greater) and Tier 2 (lower than 1MW), and selected proposed sites were duly allocated.

Pre-qualified Developers are required to register, pay fees and security deposits, complete an initial site assessment, and sign agreements within this month to move to site within Q3 2024.

An estimated 60MW is being apportioned to Developers that will handle the construction of Solar Power Plants, partner with KEDCO on the upgrade of distribution infrastructure in the communities, and provide metering infrastructure. Tokarawa, Challawa, and some of the proposed sites are designed to be Embedded Generation projects modeled as a bilateral contracting agreement between KEDCO and the Developers.

Utility 2.0 is the program that KEDCO’s core investor – Future Energies Africa is championing to make KEDCO the first green utility in Africa. KEDCO is approaching off-grid as an opportunity and not a threat to its business, by partnering with Developers.
KEDCO’s Chief Strategy Officer, Engr. Hussaini Sadiq commented on the program, saying “I believe KEDCO has great potential for investment and partnerships, particularly aligning with our host State Governments in reviving agro-industrial and commercial hubs, towards the re-industrialization and socio-economic empowerment of our communities. The proposed sites under the KEDCO Utility 2.0 have underserved customers with high unsuppressed load which makes it a great opportunity for all stakeholders.”

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In a statement signed by Head of corporate communications Sani Bala Sani said KEDCO’s Chairman Engr. Adamu Ibrahim Gumel stated “We are keen to explore all available solutions towards resolving energy deficiency in our network, thus Utility 2.0 will continue to grow and evolve. We are already working on phase 2 as 60MW is just a small portion of the energy gap we need to cover. We hope to continue to work with Developers that excel in this first phase into the future.”

 

Site No.
Site
Location
Proposed Capacity
Selected Developer

1
Tokarawa Phase 1
Tokarawa Industrial Area, Kano
20MW
Elektron Energy

2
Kura Rice Millers & Karfi Rice Millers
Kura, Kano
2.5MW
Bagaja Renewables

3
Barhim Estate, Katsina
Katsina
2-3MW
Bagaja Renewables

4
Gumel Metropolis
Gumel, Jigawa
1MW
Husk Power Limited

5
Hadejia Metropolis Commercial / Hadejia Fish Market
Hadejia, Jigawa
0.5-1MW
1634 Energy Limited

6
Kazaure Metropolis
Kazaure, Jigawa
2MW
PowerGen

7
Ringim Metropolis
Ringim, Jigawa
0.5-1MW
Paras Energy Ltd

8
Ado Bayero Royal City, Estate & Family Home Estate
Darmanawa (Gandun Sarki), Kano
2MW
Westa Solar

9
Almukab City 1 Estate, Tamburawa
Tamburawa, Kano
1MW
Daystar Power Ltd

10
Al-Mukab Estate/ City, 2 & 3 Western Bypass Estate
Western Bypass, Kano
1MW
Hamilton Energy Systems Ltd

11
Kano Economic City
Zaria Road Dangoro, Kano
1-2MW
Trust Synergy Ltd

12
KEDCO HQ
Civic Centre, Kano
2MW
PowerGen

13
Mal. Inuwa Dutse Housing Estate, Danmasara
Danmasara, Dutse, Jigawa
1-2MW
Proserve Energy Services

14
Bashir Tofa Small Scale
Sharada, Kano
1MW
Strom Infrastructure Limited

15
Jaba Road Housing Estates
Jaba, Kano
2MW
Axxela Limited

16
Fatara Housing Estate
Dutse, Jigawa
1MW
Proserve Energy Services

17
Fatima Shema Estate
Katsina
1MW
Husk Power Limited

18
Al-Qalam / UM University
Katsina
1MW
Husk Power Limited

19
Kano Free Trade Zone (NEPZA)
Jaba, Kano
1MW
Off Grid Electric Limited

20
Daura GRA / Commercial Cluster
Daura, Katsina
1MW
Daystar Power Ltd

21
Challawa Phase 2
Challawa, Kano
10-15MW
Paras Energy Ltd

22
Dawanau Grain Market / Dawanau Commercial
Dawanau, Kano
1MW
Grid Crux Energy Limited

23
AKTH Premium (NKDC) Kano
Zaria Road, Kano
2-3MW
Spul Sub3 Ltd

24
Zoo Road Commercial Cluster
Funtua, Katsina
1MW
Havenhill Synergy Limited

25
Kwari Market
Kantin Kwari Market, Kano
1MW
Axxela Ltd

26
Wambai Market
Wambai Market, Kano
0.5-1MW
Stata Energy Limited

27
Kafin Hausa Emirate Council
Gumel, Jigawa
1MW
Bagaja Renewables

28
Radda Town
Chiranci, Katsina
0.5MW
Bagaja Renewables

29
Sharada Housing Estate
Sharada, Kano
1-2MW
Vertmance Engineering & Construction

30
Tudun Wada Rice Miillers
Tudun Wada, Dankande, Kano
1MW
Pam Africa

31
Amana City
Dangoro, Kano
0.75-1MW
Tetracore Energy Group

32
Kwankwasiyya City
Dangoro, Kano
1MW
Junaid Synergy Limited

33
Birnin Kudu Commercial Cluster
B/ Kudu, Jigawa
0.5MW
Royal Power

34
Malumfashi Commercial Cluster
Malumfashi, Katsina
1MW
Eneriv Energy Limited

35
Mangal Plaza
Katsina
0.5MW
Rensource Distributed Energy Ltd

36
Bunkure Rice Millers
Rano Road Bunkure, Kano
1MW
Neigh Energy Limited

37
Greenland Estate
Jaba, Kano
1MW
Anergy Solar Distributed Energy Resource

38
Danladi Nasidi Estate
Kano
0.5-1MW
Sabrud Consortium Limited

39
Unguwar Tofa relief, Funtua Market / Gen. Hospital
Zoo Road, Kano
0.5-1MW
Bajis Limited

40
Ibrahim Kunya Estate
Marriri, Kano
1MW
Prado Power Limited

41
Hajj Camp Market/Commercial Complex(s)
Hajj Camp, Kano
1MW
Power China Huodong

 

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Reports: Danagundi receives petition on misappropriation by former NPC DG

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The Director General of the National Productivity Centre Dr Baffa Babba Danagundi has received a petition of misappropriation by the former Director General of the centre Dr Nasir Olaitan Raji Mustapha

The content of the petition sighted by this paper centred on the misappropriation of 2.5% administrative charges on the staff of the agency in which the staff were given a token of 100,000 each after a bitter complaint.

The petition alleged that the DG was not alone in this gross misconduct but with the support of the agency’s head of account as well as the Director of procurement.

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The former DG also purchased old vehicles for the agency while approval was given for new ones.

It further alleged the compromising of an audit report which was recently conducted in the agency during his tenure as Director General.

A staff of the agency who pleaded for anonymity confirmed to this paper that the Director General of the centre has received the petition but hasn’t spoken about it.

“Let’s wait for next week to hear from the DG but he has received the petition a day after his assumption to office, it is on his table”. The source said.

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NUJ Inaugurates Oasis Magazine Chapel

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By Daniel Dafe

The Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, has inaugurated a new chapel in Delta State, Oasis Magazine Chapel.

The brief ceremony took place at the DELSU Staff Club, Site 1, Abraka on Friday.

Speaking during the event, Chairman, Delta NUJ, Comrade Churchill Oyovwe, said: “It is with immense pleasure and a deep sense of responsibility that I stand before you today on this momentous occasion. Today marks a significant milestone in the history of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Delta State Council, as we officially recognize and celebrate the approval of the Oasis Magazine Chapel by our esteemed national secretariat.”

According to him, “the establishment of the Oasis Magazine Chapel is not just a testament to the growth and dynamism of journalism in Delta State, but also a reflection of our collective commitment to upholding the highest standards of journalistic integrity, professionalism, and ethical reporting,” adding: “It is a beacon of hope and a symbol of our unwavering dedication to the principles of truth, accountability, and the public good.”

He continued: “As we gather here today, we are reminded of the critical role that journalism plays in our society. In an era where information is both a powerful tool and a potential weapon, the responsibility that rests on our shoulders as journalists is immense. We are the watchdogs of democracy, the voice of the voiceless, and the defenders of truth. The establishment of the Oasis Magazine Chapel is a reaffirmation of our pledge to these noble ideals.”

While commending Oasis Magazine Chapel for their perseverance, dedication and hard work that have culminated in this remarkable achievement, he said: “Your efforts have not gone unnoticed, and today, we celebrate your success and the bright future that lies ahead.”

Speaking further, Oyowe, said: “In line with our commitment to ensuring a smooth and effective transition, a caretaker committee will be set up to midwife the executive of the chapel. This committee will be tasked with the responsibility of laying a solid foundation for the chapel, ensuring that it operates by the guidelines and principles of the NUJ. I have full confidence in the abilities of the members of this committee to steer the chapel toward a path of excellence and distinction.

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“As we embark on this new journey, I urge all members of the Oasis Magazine Chapel to remain steadfast in their commitment to the core values of our profession. Let us continue to strive for accuracy, fairness, and impartiality in our reporting. Let us be guided by the principles of ethical journalism and remain vigilant in our duty to serve the public interest.”

Furthermore, he appreciated the national secretariat for their unwavering support and for granting the approval of the Oasis Magazine Chapel.

“Together, let us continue to work towards a brighter and more prosperous future for journalism in Delta State and beyond. Let us uphold the legacy of excellence that the NUJ represents and remain committed to the pursuit of truth and justice,” he said.

Meanwhile, in his remarks, Secretary of the union in the state, Comrade Victor Sorokwu, described the event as “a very historic, remarkable milestone not just in NUJ Delta Council but in the life of the new administration.”

In his words, “this will be the first chapel that will be created in the past fifteen years outside Asaba, if not twenty years outside of Asaba.”

He humorously added: “If e dey easy, some of us for don create chapel finish.”
Adding that this is “a bold and courageous disposition of the administration led by Comrade Churchill to undertake this development and expansionist policy of NUJ Delta State Council.”

“We use to be sixteen. Today the council will become eighteen chapels. That is what we have come to do today so for us it is very important, it is a milestone, It is historic and very remarkable.

Speaking on behalf of the caretaker committee, Daniel Umukoro, said with the chapel coming on board, history has been made in the university town and the Delta Central senatorial district, being the first chapel that is an offshoot of a media house in the area.

He said that since the news of the chapel got to town, many graduates of Mass Communication have since indicated interest to work with Oasis Magazine and also be part of the NUJ.

He continued: “This chapel will revolutionise journalism in the area and beyond. We already have the backing of several stakeholders in the area and others will be visited soon to seek their support and backing.

While thanking God for making the project come to reality, he applauded the Vice-Chancellor of Delta State University, DELSU, Abraka, Professor Andy Egwunyenga, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Festus Ahon and the immediate past Chairman of Ethiope East Local Government Area, Hon. (Pharm.) Victor Ofobrukueta for their support while Oasis Magazine sought approval for the new chapel.

“We will not let those looking up to us and those that believe in Oasis Magazine down,” he said.

Speaking further, he said Oasis Magazine has been doing its bit in contributing to the field of journalism and nation building, but added that with this chapel coming to light, another feather has been added to the cap of Oasis Magazine, saying this will motivate the team to do even more and set the pace for others to follow.

“It’s a great day for the media business and the practice of journalism,” he averred.

Also present during the occasion was the Auditor, Delta NUJ, Celestine Afokobah.

Members of the new chapel that graced the event include Daniel Umukoro, Chairman, Caretaker Committee, Felix Okotie, Secretary, Caretaker Committee, Joy Enamuotor, Member, Caretaker Committee, Ambrose Ologide, Vivian Erivwode, Franklin Ogude, Endurance Akpomiemie and Oseji Rufus.

The inaugurations of Oasis Magazine and Fresh Angle chapels bring the total number of chapels in the state to 18.

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PDP Chieftain Lauds Governors’ Forum Decision on Adherence to Electoral Guidelines

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A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Ibrahim Ali Amin “Little,” has lauded the decision of the party’s governors’ forum to ensure that the constitution and laid-down guidelines on the election of party executives are followed strictly in the forthcoming state, local government, and ward congresses.

The Kano PDP chieftain explained that the governors’ position taken at their just-concluded meeting in Enugu has established the fact that the party is committed to reclaiming Nigeria come the 2027 general election.

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Ali-Amin, a grassroots mobilizer and former gubernatorial candidate in Kano, said staging free, fair, and transparent congresses will also attract more Nigerians to join the party, pointing out that Nigerians have more hope in PDP than in any other political party.

While urging all party members in Kano to join hands in moving PDP forward, the chieftain expressed hope that the party leadership will adhere strictly to the provisions of the party’s congresses and electoral guidelines in the forthcoming congress and election of the Kano executives.

He also reiterated his resolve to continue to work for the PDP at all levels for ultimate victory, noting that Nigerians need to be salvaged from the current hardship through sincere and committed leadership, which the PDP is set to provide.

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