Fez – Morocco is collaborating with Nigeria‘s federal government and Jigawa State on the implementation of solar energy initiatives to increase energy availability in the northwest zone and other parts of the country, according to Nigeria’s The Guardian outlet.
Sagir Musa Ahmed, Jigawa State’s Commissioner for Land, Housing, and Urban and Regional Planning, has unveiled plans concerning this collaboration.
The Guardian outlet reported Ahmed as making the statements at the Jigawa State Correspondent Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Media Engagement Forum at the Manpower Development Institute in Dutse.
According to the report, the commissioner declared that land of about 200,000 hectares in the state’s Gwiwa Local Council will host the planned project.
The solar power project is a Moroccan government initiative to improve electricity supplies in Nigeria, he said, adding that the project is conducted in collaboration with Nigeria’s federal government and Jigawa’s state government. According to the Guardian Nigeria, the project is ambitious, seeking to supply and improve electricity generation in the country, particularly in Zamfara, Jigawa, Katsina, and Yobe states.
Ahmed recognized the significance of the solar project and reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to participate in such cooperations.
Morocco’s cooperation with Nigeria illustrates the kind of mutual benefits Nigeria’s Minister of Science, Ogbonnaya Onu, named “intra-Africa cooperation.”
On October 25, Morocco and Nigeria signed a memorandum of understanding for the research and development of biotechnological products and processes, including the manufacturing of bio-fertilizer and bio-fungicide.
The two countries are working to boost cooperation in the field of science, technology, and innovation (STI). Nigeria is willing to utilize STI to take full advantage of its abundant natural resources to increase employment and GDP.