PLANS are underway by the Delta State Government to provide 24-hour electricity to every community in the state in the nearest future.
Chairman of Delta State Integrated Development Project, DIDP, a Public-Private Partnership Development programme, in the office of the Governor of Delta State, Mr. Godwin Gary Bire Akpobire disclosed this in an exclusive interview with our correspondent recently.
According to him, “In electricity for example, we created a master plan for electricity that includes gas production and utilization, generation, transmission and distribution. We are engaging investors from around the world in these areas and a vibrant electricity supply market will soon emerge in Delta State to drive our industrialization process.”
“Electricity is the lifeline for any industrialization process. His Excellency recognized this many years ago and wanted particular focus in this area. I am sure that you are aware of the efforts of the state in lighting up the streets and bringing so many communities into the national grid. Governor Uduaghan’s effort in ensuring that gas supplies are not disrupted and the NIPP programme, which is fully supported by the state, has contributed to stable power nationwide,” he stated.
He said “Delta State is naturally blessed as the home of gas to be the capital of power generation in Nigeria. We currently have one of the most efficient power stations managed by Agip in Okpai. In 2007, we started with the governor’s mandate to look at building a vibrant platform for investors in electricity generation, transmission and distribution as well as looking at alternative energy sources around the state.”
According to him “As you may be aware, we applied a few years ago for four power plants licenses. The power plants are located in Ovade, Olomoro, Okpai and Oboghoro. We also applied for a transmission licence so that the four power plants can evacuate power to our own state grid that will take the power to the industrial sectors that we are planning for the state. So the entire plan is to take it from our power plants within our own grid to our industrial zones so that we can create jobs.”
In his words also “There are also plans for a Delta Electricity Conference soon. The energy conference will enable us to explain to Deltans our model for the provision of electricity for Delta State. It is my hope that in Delta State, every community will have electricity for 24 hours and the fulfillment of that dream is not dependent on the functional capabilities of PHCN alone. We have had very keen commitments and movements from the investors on these four power plants, the transmission lines and the offgrid distribution entities”.