The Kwara state Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, says the state government plans to deploy solar energy systems to villages, small scale businesses and key government establishments to boost electricity supply in the state.
Governor Ahmed made the disclosure when he received the National President, Licensed Electrical Contractors Association of Nigeria, Otunba Dele Akintola at the Government House, Ilorin.
According to him, the move would provide alternative source of energy to critical sectors of the state economy, instead of waiting endlessly for energy supply through the current hydro-thermal energy source.
While stating that the first phase of Light up Kwara had commenced with the erection of street light across major roads within Ilorin, Governor Ahmed promised to extend the solar powered project to other towns in the second phase.
Speaking earlier, Otunba Akintola said he was at the Government House to acquaint the governor about the readiness of investors to build solar power stations in the state.