The 10 megawatts (mw) Katsina Wind Farm which is worth about N4.4 billion and which was started as a pioneer project in 2010 at Lamber Rimi in Rimi Local Government Area of the state, has so far taken about six years to complete, Daily Trust reports.
Officials in the Goodluck Jonathan administration had pegged its completion at October 2014, but the date was not realised. The deadline was then shifted to May with eventual commissioning by June 2015. That too slipped by. The change in administration also dealt another setback to the project as the new government had to be briefed before taking up existing power projects.
An official at the Ministry of Power said the budget for the project, which is at 95 per cent completion level, was constrained in 2015 due to administrative changes. Although he hinted votes would be factored into the 2016 power budget for its completion, that did not happen in the proposed budget.
Sector experts are urging the completion of the project, saying it would boost renewable energy efficiency and allow for more such projects in compatible localities.