By Etuka Sunday
The Governor of Ebonyi State, His Excellency David Umahi is seeking Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited (NDPHC’s) support and collaboration in the area of Power Projects delivery in his State to enhance industrialization drive by the Government.
The Governor, who commended the MD/CEO of NDPHC and his team for a great job as demonstrated in their re-appointment for another four years in office seeks more projects from NDPHC in Ebonyi State.
The Governor also advised on the need to have discussions with the South-East Governor’s Forum with a view to benefit from the Alaoji Thermal Power Station located in Aba, Abia State where the Power can be effectively evacuated to meet the industrial hubs of the State and the region at large.
He enjoined the Management of NDPHC that the State will be ready to cooperate with his Management in order to boost Power delivery to his people.
In his welcome remark, MD/CEO Mr. Chiedu Ugbo informed the Governor that NDPHC has started the Transmission projects connecting Nkalagu-Abakaliki and other Distribution projects in Afikpo where CSP Transformers on 11kv lines were installed.
He told the Governor that Abakaliki-Afikpo project has gotten BPP approval which was contained in the 2020 budget but delayed due to the COVID 19 pandemic.
The MD/ CEO stated further that NDPHC is discussing with Enugu DISCO to improve the network in order to enhance Power supply to the network through the Eligible Customer arrangement and this step will address the issue of stranded Power in the region and ultimately increase revenue to NDPHC.
According to Ugbo, NDPHC is engaging another contractor to finish the construction of Egbema and Omoku Power Stations which will also ensure Power availability to all States of the Federation.
NIPP is owned by the three tiers of Government i.e. the Federal , State and the Local Governments. NDPHC’s board is chaired by His Excellency, the Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN with six (6) Governors from the six (6) geo-political zones of the country including some Ministers.