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Gov. Mbah: The Light-Up Nigeria Project Portends a New Era for the Southeast

Dr. Peter Mbah, the governor of Enugu State, claims that the Light-Up Nigeria Project heralds a new era for power and industrialization in the South East, adding that once the power problem is resolved, other sectors will follow suit.

Mbah praised the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) and the Federal Government for initiating the project to increase power supply to industrial clusters in the South East. However, he also urged industrialists in the area to fully participate in the initiative and take advantage of it in order to eliminate any obstacles related to power availability.

He claimed that the Light-up Nigeria Project was consistent with his administration’s unconventional, disruptive style of governing.

The governor gave a speech at the South East Business Roundtable and the vice president, senator Kashim Shettima, flagged off the Light-up Nigeria Project – South East in Enugu.

“The Light up Nigeria Project Today is, in my view, a new dawn for power in the South East and one of the most innovative initiatives in the power sector. This project is of critical importance since it deals with the power sector, which I believe is pivotal to economic growth. Indeed, if we fix power, a lot of other sectors would fall into place.

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“This project ensures efficient dispatch of power to the largest consumers via bilateral sales agreements, which overides the existing bulk purchase arrangements through NBET, leveraging on a willing buyer, willing seller structure.

“The Programme will certainly bring improved access to affordable power to the South East. This will in turn result in reduced power costs for the productive sector and enable them improve enganced productivity and generate jobs. This is critical in this day where the country is pushing to boost production and drive-up exports to ultimately shore up our domestic currency.

“Therefore, this project aligns completely with our approach to governance in Enugu in the sense that it is a very disruptive initiative, which shows a deep ability to think outside the box. Today’s Nigeria requires a marked departure from business as usual to business unusual.

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