In a groundbreaking development, the Federal Government has commenced the construction of a $172 million solar cell production plant in Nasarawa state. The foundation laying ceremony, which took place on Thursday, marks the first step towards the establishment of West Africa’s inaugural solar cell production facility, a project that is expected to revolutionize Nigeria’s power and energy sector.
President Mohammadu Buhari, who is also the Chairman of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), had previously expressed concern over the state of energy supply in Nigeria. As a result, the government has turned to science, technology, innovation, and engineering to implement local content interventions in the power sector, with the aim of enacting significant reforms.
The solar cell production plant in Nasarawa represents a crucial step in this process. Once completed, the facility is expected to significantly enhance Nigeria’s energy supply, providing a sustainable and renewable source of power. This landmark project is a testament to the government’s commitment to driving progress in the country’s energy sector through innovative technological solutions.