Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi
By Chineme Okafor
The Federal Government has said that one of its primary objectives for its pragmatic approach to stability in power supply was hinged on resuscitating moribund industries around the country as it expressed its intention to secure stability in power supply to industrial zones in the country.
Minister of Power, Prof. Barth Nnaji, explained that government was committed to improving power supply to major industrial layouts in the country.
He identified the major layouts as Onitsha, Aba, Kano, Lagos and Nnewi amongst others, adding that government had in that light taken bold steps towards this commitment with on-going expansion of the capacities of transmission lines and sub-stations across the country.
Nnaji who was on an assessment of power plants in Ughelli, Sapele, and Alaoji power plants as well as the distribution networks in Benin and a sub-station in Onitsha recently, told the Anambra State Governor Peter Obi, that the Federal government was very much interested in improving the capacities of transmission lines and sub-stations that were connected to industrial zones to forestall any shortage of power supply for industrial activities.
The minister reiterated President Goodluck Jonathan’s economic transformation agenda, saying that the President was interested in ensuring stability in the supply of electricity to major economic centres of the country, adding that Onitsha and Nnewi remains two of such centres of attraction to the government.
In response to an alleged report of an impending shut-down of a 132/.33 KV substation located in Onitsha and supplies power to the Harbour industrial estate, an industrial layout being built by the state government in furtherance of its Anambra Integrated Development Strategy (ANIDS), he noted that installations works were on-going to expand the capacity of the sub-station preparatory to the commissioning of the industrial zone.
“As you can see, we are here to resolve what could become a major problem, the President is interested in ensuring that power gets to all the economic centres of this country and Onitsha and Nnewi is one of them, now when the Governor alerted me that there may be a possible shut down of power supply in the substation which supplies power to the Harbour industrial estate in Onitsha due to ongoing installations, we immediately came from Benin on our way to Alaoji, and we are here to solve the problem; you see, this is how the Federal and state governments can partner to resolve power issues,” Nnaji said.
He further said: “The company that is working to install a 330KV line in Onitsha have made alternative arrangements to ensure that power is not interrupted while work is going on, there will be a sub-station built here in Awada and there will be a line from Benin city to here, the intention is that Onitsha will become a hub with four 330KV lines going through here, this substation here has a capacity of 132/.33KV and we want to upgrade it to 90 Kva so that it can support the industries that will be operating here when the industrial complex is completed next year in line with the governor’s industrialisation plan.”
According to Nnaji, similar gestures will be extended to other industrial zones across the country with the expected coming on stream of major power generation and distribution projects across the country.