A power project that may add 400mw to the national grid has been started in Delta State. Insiders have revealed the role played by the governor of the state, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, to ensure the realization of the project.
The managing director of TBEA, the initiating company, Jim Elueni, in an address to welcome dignitaries, pointed out that Governor Okowa, in appreciating the importance of the project to his state, had wasted no time in granting the company all approvals that arrived at his desk in the pursuit of the project.
The experts said by this, Delta State would contribute 2000mw to the national grid. On Friday, April 20, 2018, Gov Okowa perfumed a ground breaking ceremony of the combined cycle power plant at Ekrokpe/Ekrejegbe, Ughelli South local government of the state. He expressed gladness that the state would be a hub for power generation because of the peaceful nature of Delta State and the presence of huge gas deposits in the place.
Gov Okowa also observed that the Nigerian government has continued in her struggle to provide energy for development and for home services in the country but that the nation was still faced with challenges.
Thus, he noted that with the private sector becoming more interested in generating energy, there is great hope that the energy need of the country would be catered for in the nearest future,
Okowa while expressing excitement for performing the ceremoney, noted that with the increase in the number of energy generating companies, it was important for the distribution companies to see that Nigerians are satisfied.
He urged the host communities to maintain their peaceful dispositions and urged them not to demand so much from the company. On the other hand, he asked the company, Onose TBEA Energy Limited to meet with its social corporate responsibilities, and ensure that youths from the area are engaged in the construction work of the plant and are also, employed when the company commences its operations.
Chairman of Onose TBEA, Alexander Ogomudia, a retired general, had in an address, said, “Without power we will be wasting our time in terms of development.”
He stated that though the company was commencing operations by generating 400MW of electricity, the target is to contribute 2,000MW of electricity to the national grid.