Prof Bath Nnaji, Former Minister of Power said that his company, Geometric Power, was working in partnership with foreign firms to generate 1,140 megawatts in Aba, Abia State to boost power supply to South-east geo-political zone of the country.
Nnaji, who was speaking at a forum organised by Igbo Improvement Union, a socio-political pressure group in Enugu, said the first tranche of the power project, 140 megawatts power plant by Geometric would come on stream in the next six months in Aba courtesy of the intervention of the federal government to untangle the bottleneck that had hindered the project for a long time now.
He spoke as the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Power, Hon. Dan Asuquo expressed optimism that the perennial challenges facing the power sector in Nigeria would soon be a thing of the past by the time the several sub-stations presently being reactivated across the country come on stream.
He, however, asked Nigerians to be ready to pay “for steady power because the uninterrupted power supply is not cheap.”
Asuquo who spoke when the committee from the National Assembly embarked on inspection tour of Mbalano Sub-Station in Isikwuato Local Government Area of Abia State, among other sub-stations within the South-east zone, also urged stakeholders in the sector and communities hosting NIPP facilities in the country to work together with a view to creating an enabling environment for the execution of projects in the sector.
He asked beneficiaries of the ongoing power projects across the country to desist from demanding outrageous way-leaves and compensations from government and contractors handling projects in the country insisting that it had become imperative for all the hurdles threatening the delivery of uninterrupted power supply in the country to be cleared.
He underscored the need to clear all hurdles that would militate against the smooth delivery of projects being executed by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).
But on his part, Nnaji said: “The project, Aba integrated power project (Aba IPP), the issue that held it from coming on stream is being resolved with the full support of the federal government; the Minister of Power, the Permanent Secretary, President, the Vice President; they are working very hard to see that this thing is fully resolved. Once it is resolved, we think that within the next six months Aba should see power.”
He said his company is partnering with General Electric and Orascom of Egypt respectively to build two separate 500 megawatts power plants in Aba to bring the total to 1,140 megawatts.