Sokoto To Generate 100mw Of Power From Solar

Sokoto state government has said it is determined to multiply its energy sources so as to improve power supply and in turn boost small and medium scale industries in the state.
Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Professor Bashir Garba, stated this at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a Chinese firm, Kunming Engineering Corporation, for the establishment of 100mw solar-powered electricity plant in the state.
“In Sokoto, we have abundant sunlight so it is only logical we tap from the natural resource for the benefit of the populace,” the SSG said.
He added that after exploratory talks held with various companies that showed interest in providing solar power in Sokoto, the government zeroed down on Kunming because of the viability of their proposal and its future impact.
He said the project would be private-sector led, with the state government agreeing to provide a land and other incentives, while the Chinese company regularizes approval permit from the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).
“When completed, this project will complement the State Independent Power Project currently in place. We are confident that the two projects will ensure tremendous improvement in power supply in Sokoto. So I urge you to work on the terms of the agreement,” the SSG added.
 In his remarks, the Assistant Managing Director for Overseas Business of the company, Qui Haisheng, said Kunming Corporation has vast experience in electricity generation spanning areas like solar, wind and hydro, adding that they have the requisite capability to deliver quality job on schedule.
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Railways Will Generate 250,000 Jobs– Amaechi

The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi has said the upcoming Lagos to Kano and Lagos to Calabar standard gauge lines will generate at least 250,000 direct and indirect jobs.
The contracts for both lines are expected to be awarded this year as N120 billion has been proposed in the 2016 budget as counterpart funding.

The bulk of the financing will come from China EXIM Bank. The minister made this known to reporters in Abuja after an inspection train ride on Saturday from Kaduna to Abuja. He said the 186km Abuja-Kaduna standard gauge track will cost about $1 billion and when operational, will see commuters travel to Kaduna from Abuja in just about one and half hours.
According to him, this would even make some Nigerians live in Kaduna and work in Abuja. The minister also disclosed that the narrow gauge rail line from Lagos to Kano will be concessioned to General Electric (GE) if the current discussions end successfully.
He also assured that Nigerians will be trained both in operations and maintenance on the project.
“Key to me and the ministry is that, training must start today. CCECC has to train Nigerians who will take over both in operations and maintenance so they don’t dump technology on us. It’s not every time a train goes bad that you go to China to fix it,” he said.
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How FG Intends To Generate 1 Million Jobs In 2016

In its bid to tackle unemployment as one of its major achievements this year, the Federal Government is targeting the provision of over one million jobs. In his 2016 budget presented to the joint session of the National Assembly last Tuesday, President Muhammadu Buhari emphasised his determination to tackle unemployment. His words: “As we focus on inclusive growth, we are conscious of the current rate of unemployment and underemployment. This is a challenge we are determined to meet; and this budget is the platform for putting more Nigerians to work.

I can assure you that this administration will have a job creation focus in every aspect of the execution of this budget. Nigeria’s job creation drive will be private sector led. We will encourage this by a reduction in tax rates for smaller businesses as well as subsidized funding for priority sectors such as agriculture and solid minerals”. According to the president, as an emergency measure, to address the chronic shortage of teachers in public schools across the country, we also will partner with State and Local Governments to recruit, train and deploy 500,000 unemployed graduates and NCE holders.

These graduate teachers will be deployed to primary schools, thereby, enhancing the provision of basic education especially in our rural areas. He added that the government intends to partner with State and Local Governments to provide financial training and loans to market women, traders and artisans, through their cooperative societies. We believe that this segment of our society is not only critical to our plan for growing small businesses, but it is also an important platform to create jobs and provide opportunities for entrepreneurs. Besides, he said through the office of the Vice President, the government is working with various development partners to design an implementable and transparent conditional cash transfer program for the poorest and most vulnerable.

His words: “This program will be implemented in phases. Already, the compilation of registers of the poorest persons is ongoing. In the coming weeks, we will present the full programme, which will include our home-grown public primary school feeding and free education for science, technology and education students in our tertiary institutions. Indeed, this will mark a historic milestone for us as a nation. Also, Transport Minister, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, declared that the federal government will embark on a massive railway infrastructure development across the country, and that about 250,000.

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