The Bida Emirate Council might just be considering a renewable energy alternative as its Emir says it is contemplating partnership with some investors to maximize the use of solar energy for steady supply of electricity in Bida and environs. The Emir of Bida, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, gave the indication at a news conference on Wednesday at his palace.
As Gathered by PM News, This followed the protest by a crowd that thronged his palace to register some grievances over the epileptic power supply in the town.
“The temperature of Bida we must harness towards generating power through the sun for the need of the people
“We cannot afford to waste this high temperature in Bida; we must maximise it through the solar system.
“The investors we are bringing will also invest in electricity alongside the solar,” he said.
Abubakar appealed to the protesters to exercise more patience for the initiative to bear fruits as soon as possible.
“I advise all of you to remain calm because this situation has been with us for some time.
“I will go through the position paper that the conveners gave me to see the input I can make before presenting it to the appropriate authority.
“This situation has been with us for some time, a situation where they will fix the problem and after a fortnight the problem erupts again does not augur well for development, ” he said.
According to the emir, there is no country on earth that can develop optimally with epileptic power supply.
“Small and medium enterprises ought to thrive in Bida because of the population here but for epileptic power supply,” he said.
Abubakar also criticized the billing system of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), saying it had become very “exorbitant and harsh for the people to grapple with”.
“It is the dissatisfaction the people are having from AEDC that has brought about the protest,” he said.
The protesters had earlier blocked the highway passing through Bida from 6:00 a.m. to 12 noon to express their grievances against the epileptic power supply from AEDC which office was also locked up.
AEDC earlier in February explained that the reason for the shortage of power supply in Niger state when compared to FCT, the state capital is due to the fact that the state capital has more companies and maximum demand customers. This was a hotly debated subject amongst observers who question if this policy is fair to states who are generally less commercial than others.