FG restates commitment to boost power supply to South East industrial clusters

This intervention isn’t a ribbon-cutting charade. This is a calculated endeavour to re-engineer our economy

The Federal Government on Monday, restated its commitment to boost power supply to industrial clusters in the South East region.

Vice-President Kashim Shettima gave the assurance at the inauguration of the Light Up Nigeria, South East Initiative in Enugu State.

Shettima also inaugurated the 181MW Geometric Power Plant in Aba, Abia to accelerate power supply in the region.

In a related development, Shettima also flagged off the Smart Schools Project of Governor Peter Mbah in Enugu and various road projects in Abia constructed by Governor Alex Otti.

He said that the project was part of the federal government’s responsibility for the nation’s industrialisation, in fulfillment of the promises made by President Bola Tinubu.

The vice president described the project as the much-expected solution to the power supply deficit that had undermined the nation’s economy and industrialisation.

Shettima said that the project heralds ‘Renewed Hope’ for industrialists, investors and Nigerians who had to bear the brunt of the country’s power challenges for so long.

He said that the project, which is a collaboration between the Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited (NDPHC), and its partners is targeted at revamping Nigeria’s infrastructure framework.

“So, this intervention isn’t a ribbon-cutting charade. This is a calculated endeavour to re-engineer our economy, and whatever we design to oil the wheels of our industries is futile, unless we stabilise the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI).”

Shettima said that the choice of Enugu for the launch of the project in the South East, was not based on geographical compensation.

Shettima warned that as chairman of the Board of NDPHC, he would hold every relevant official accountable and ensure that the project was not abandoned.

Earlier, Mbah thanked the Vice-President for his professionalism and deep interest in the growth of the private sector.

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