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Japanese Firm Plans Solar Energy Business For Rural Ogun State

Japanese Firm Plans Solar Energy Business For Rural Ogun State

By AfricanOutlook Reporter

A Japanese firm, Kenisco which specialises in solar energy technology will soon berth in rural Ogun State south-west Nigeria.

Commissioner for Commerce and Industry in the State, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru disclosed this after holding a meeting with the Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mr. Mobuhiro Kawaguchi, adding that operationally, the bulk of the company's operations would be concentrated for the use of rural dwellers in the state.

 

Ashiru while noting that no fewer than 70 percent of residents of the state are rural dwellers, maintained that solar energy as an alternative power supply would enhance socio-economic activities in the rural areas. He stated that the arrangement, was a deliberate step of government to bring development closer to the rural dwellers.

 

According to him, this would help transform general economic development in the state, address rural-urban drift as the people would be willing to stay back in the rural areas and engage in farming which ultimately would increase agricultural production to enhance food production and industrialisation.

 

He appreciated the Japanese firm for its willingness to locate the Renewable Solar Energy firm in the state, assuring of his ministry's readiness and indeed the State government to create a conducive environment for it to operate.

 

Special Adviser to the Governor on Energy, Chief Taiwo Fagbemi affirmed that the state government was passionate about ensuring constant energy supply to drive socio-economic activities of the people. He said the Renewable Solar Energy technology was a welcome development in this regard, assuring prospective investors of bountiful returns on investment.

 

Addressing the gathering, Kawaguchi explained that his firm would provide only the solar panel, while other materials to be used would be sourced locally from the state, revealing that indigenes would be trained on how to install the solar panels.