A six man World Bank team visited the 100MW Anjeed Kafanchan Solar (AKS) project site onMonday25th July as part of their due diligence for the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment review of the project which is located in Zipkak, Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The international financial institution team was received by the company Chairman Board of Directors, Col BT Kachim (rtd) upon arrival in Kafanchan. The chairman led them to the proposed project site and provided them with an in-depth overview and history of the project.
Col. Kachim(rtd) in overviewing the project to the World Bank team stated that the “150 hectares of state land and some donated by the host communities which led to the signing of Memorandum of Understanding with the Kaduna State Government and the Certificate of Occupancy is expected any moment”.
Kachim, further informed the team that the “Environmental Social Impact Assessment” (ESIA) has been conducted and approved by the Federal Ministry of Environment and also, the project was initially planned to generate 10MW but was later upgraded to 100MW and a Power Purchase Agreement has been signed with Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading (NBET) to that effect.
The Team was expressed their satisfaction with the progress achieved so far after inspecting the project site and the beacons planted by the Kaduna State Ministry of Lands and Survey. Also, they were happy with the Mallam Nasir El-Rufai’s led government’s drive by creating enabling business environment by approving the 150hectres needed by AKS for the project.
The World Bank Team in the course of their review of the project visited Manyi Kali, one of the host communities. The community’s group of men, women and youths were interviewed by the Team, bothering on land, socio-economic and environmental issues. The host community members showed their support and anxiety for the project to commence because it will improve their lives and standard of living.