Edo State government has begun discussions with Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) on a power purchase agreement from the company’s Benin plant, to light-up government buildings and streets in Benin metropolis.
Governor Godwin Obaseki, who visited NBC Benin plant at Eyaen, said the government intended to collaborate with the company on its programmes, including the agripreneur initiative, basic education, primary health care and fight against human trafficking.
He expressed his administration’s readiness to partner companies that would abide by the rules and laws guiding businesses, saying: “Companies without regard for laid down rules, laws, and institutions of government and those that resort to arming youths and creating militias have no business in Edo State.”
The governor, who hailed the company for the 6MW generated to power its plant, said the power purchase agreement would enable the government to evacuate about one or two megawatts of electricity supply from NBC plant to light-up government buildings and street lights around Ring Road axis.
A member of NBC’s Board of Directors, Mr. Segun Apata, hailed Obaseki and Oba of Benin, Oba Ewaure II, for their interventions, which helped the company to overcome its challenges that almost resulted in the closure of the plant.
Source: The Nation