The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele
Fayose, has lamented several
billions of Naira “wasted” in solar
energy in the state by his
He said many of the solar energy
technology had become a nuisance
value to the people.
Speaking while receiving a
delegation of China Electronics
Technology Group Corporation
brought by Chief Afe Babalola (SAN)
in his office, Fayose said it was good
to learn from the past in order to
prepare for the future.
He said, “I would like to be totally
convinced because I am
accountable to my people. They are
the people that will benefit from
the programme on the long run. I
don’t want to be part of the people
that will sell this good product and
it would not be on the shelve.
“For a very long time, I don’t
believe in solar energy because all
my predecessors have invested
the resources of this state in solar
technology which are now
constituting nuisance in this town.
“They put billions into it. For you to
convince me, come and put a
model in this town. Let us proof to
our people so that when another
company comes here, they will
The Director of CETC, Mr. Richard
Zhang, had requested for a parcel of
land to build a research industrial
park for the solar energy
technology in the state and also
asked for collaboration.
Babalola, who is the proprietor of
Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti,
said he brought the company to the
government because of its profit to
the state, adding that his
institution had concluded
discussions on a $4.58 million
agreement with the company.
He lamented that power had been
a major problem hampering
development in the state and
Nigeria as a whole.
Fayose said his probe of the
Chinese investor was to ensure the
people get the best from the
investment, if agreed to.
“I want to visit where you have
done it. I want evidence. You must
convince us that it is not a fluke.
“We have not had a good
experience about solar technology.
We want to be assured. You have to
convince us beyond reasonable
doubt. My government will sponsor
a representative of the state and
that of ABUAD to visit one or two
places where they are using the
“Our land is gold. It is a great asset
to us. We don’t want to give our
land to a non-profitable venture,”