Despite epileptic power supply, the Katsina State government says it has expended more than N2billion on electricity bills from 2015 to date.
Special adviser to the governor on Power and Energy, Engr Mansur Musa, who made this known while speaking with newsmen yesterday, said the power is consumed at government-owned structures.
Musa said the state expends an average of N40 to N50million monthly, but that with recent increase in power tarriff, the bill could double in the coming days.
“The Governor Aminu Masari-led administration has expended more than N2 billion on electricity bills from the time it came to power to date.
“Government spends around N40million monthly, and it sometimes goes up to N56 million, N48 million or more, depending on the bill they bring.”
He lamented that “with the new tariff now, it is possible the state government could start paying N70 million monthly per month or even more.”
Musa, however, said the state government is looking at ways to reduce the rate of power consumption, and that the use of modern bulbs was one measure being adopted.
He also said the government would venture into major solar power projects and is to commission a 30 megawatts solar power in Batagarawa Council Area soon.