Plans by the Edo State government to improve power supply through partnership with oil and gas companies have received the buy-in of Sahara Energy.
The innovative energy solution includes the conversion of gas, hitherto flared, to electricity that will be used to power hospitals, schools, street lights and other public utilities.
Governor Godwin Obaseki, who spoke yesterday after the weekly Executive Council (EXCO) meeting at the Government House, Benin City, said during the unveiling of representatives of Sahara Group, led by the Chairman, Funso Kupolokun, an engineer, the company indicated interest in partnering the government in electricity generation through the exploitation of the state’s gas assets and other key developmental areas.
The Co-Founder/Executive Director, Sahara Energy, Tonye Cole, hailed the governor for opening up the space for investment, saying he (governor) had expressed interest in collaborating with Sahara Energy in electricity and curbing illegal migration.
“Governor Obaseki is committed to stopping gas flaring and to convert it to electricity. This ties 100 percent to what we stand for. On illegal migration, which has become the biggest problem in the state, we are standing here to give hope to the people and commit to developing the nation,” he said.
Source: The Nation