The Director General of the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) Dr. Reuben Okeke has  said that the Ministry of Power has partnered with GIZ of Germany to generate solar and wind powered electricity.

Okeke who disclosed this at a training session at the NAPTIN, Kainji regional training centre said, “the solar and wind powered initiative is a hybrid project that would ensure power generation through wind propelled devices and solar panels.”
He stated that when the federal government successfully commissions  the ongoing hybrid power at the Kainji training centre, alternative power generation for the country can be leveraged upon.

Okeke noted that the Kainji hydro electric dam is currently being overhauled by a Chinese firm through a World Bank assisted project, adding that inadequate maintenance of the facility in the last 40 years has caused the turbine and its blades to degrade.
Former Chief Executive Officer of the Afam Power Station, Engr. Mike Nwogu said the turn around maintenance will help to recover the lost generation capacity from the current 120mw to its initial installed capacity of 760mw.

Director of the Kainji Regional Training Centre, Engr. Aminu Muazu at the sideline of the session hinted that there is an ongoing task of installing a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems for training purpose and to automatically monitor loads on transmission lines to tackle future cases of system failures.


Information from Daily Trust was used in this report.