Worried by the endless excuses by the Abuja Electricity Development Company (AEDC) to meet electricity needs of the citizenry, Niger State government said it was considering alternative power generating source.
Niger State government has been at loggerheads with the AEDC over inadequate power supply.
While many investors/industrialists had been sent packing, some existing businesses had been crippled just as many other Nigerlites were counting loses.
To guarantee regular electricity supply for businesses to flourish, Governor Sani Bello said two investors, an Israeli and the other from the United Arab Emirates had been contracted for the take-off of alternative energy source for the state.
Governor Bello disclosed his administration’s plan to end epileptic supply when he played host to Alhaji Umar Farouk Bahago, the Emir of Minna, who led his councilors and other traditional rulers from Minna Emirate on the traditional Sallah visit to him at Government House.
Bello said that the state could no longer afford to continue with the status quo if the state must chart a new economic course towards improving on Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) hence the need for alternative energy source.
Though still agitating for the retention of 10 percent of the total power generated by the three hydro-electricity generating dams domiciled in the state besides its statutory power allocation, Bello said his administration plans to tap from the vast natural endowments to meet the state’s electricity needs.
Governor Bello however expressed worries over the persistent blackout experienced particularly in Minna, the state capital.
This, he said, has led to the grounding of both domestic and commercial activities including medium and small-scale businesses.
On the present economic challenges experienced by Nigerlites and Nigerians in general, Governor Bello expressed strong need by the people to ‘go back to land’ by engaging themselves in agricultural businesses as part of economic diversification from monolithic crude oil.
The governor who however appealed for patience and understanding of all in the face of the nation’s biting economic crisis also expressed optimism that Nigeria would in no distant future come out of the trying period.
Alhaji Umar Farouk Bahago, Emir of Minna, had earlier informed Governor Bello that they were at Government House on a traditional Sallah homage and commended the role he played to douse tension generated by the recent communal clashes in Paikoro, Bosso and Rafi Local Government Areas of the state.
While appealing to his subjects who were affected to forgive and forget for the sake of Allah and forge ahead in life, the Emir commended Governor Bello for constituting a judicial panel of inquiry to look into the remote cause(s) of the crises to avoid a repeat in the future.
Source: Nigerian Newspapers