28 January 2021 By Georgina Humphrey
The Federal Government and Katsina State have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to set up an Institute to Harness Silica Deposits for production of Solar cells in Katsina State.
This is contained in a statement signed by Deputy Director of Information, National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure, NASENI, Olusegun Ayeoyenikan.
It explains that Nigeria needed alternative and sustainable sources of power generation apart from hydro power source or connection to national grid because of inadequate generation, transmission and supply of electricity in the country.
“Silica, otherwise known as common sand, is the major raw material for production of solar cells used in manufacturing of solar panels”
The statement stresses that the aim of the collaboration was to domesticate and develop the knowledge required in manufacturing solar panels in the country.
According to the statement the Executive Vice Chairman of NASENI, Prof. Mohammed Sani Haruna who signed the agreement on behalf of the Federal Government, said the collaboration could not have come at a better time as President Muhammadu Buhari approved the establishment of the first local plant to manufacture solar cells in Nigeria to be carried out by NASENI in partnership with the China Great Wall Incorporation.
On his part, the Governor of Katsina state, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari, said the State was in dire need of job and wealth creation opportunities which both the Institute and the production of solar cells would meet.
“The unabated violence and crimes in the nation are linked to general socio-economic frustrations in the country”He added
NASENI and Katsina State will focus on activities in technology transfer and Brokerage, technology acquisition, training, technical backups and Consultancy.