Electricity consumers in the Niger Delta Region would be set to experience a boost in Electricity supply as the Nigeria Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has revealed it plans to generate 7,000 megawatts of electricity to improve power supply and boost economic activities in the region.
The news was disclosed by the Managing Director of the NDDC, Mr NSIMA Ekere, in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Akure. Mr Ekere said the project was at the design state and the commission had received encouragement from Exim Bank in United States for it.
”The Niger Delta power pool project is conceived to generate 7,000 megawatts of electricity.
“We are still at the design stage and interestingly, we have received a lot of encouragement from the US Exim Bank,” he said.
He said that the execution of a Niger Delta regional power pool project would support the development of dedicated industrial clusters and promote the right climate for business in the region.
He also said that the commission, last year, signed an MOU with the government of Sao Tome to take her excess internet capacity to feed the entire Niger Delta.
“In addition to power, we are also looking at internet penetration, agriculture, sports and youth development.
“We believe that cheaper, quality internet connectivity will help to unlock the inert potentials of our young people and turn the region into a major IT hub.
“This is a region of very creative people and when we equip our young people with the right development tools, they can be truly unstoppable.
“We believe that the chemistry of affordable and reliable power and top quality internet connectivity will unleash a new wave of economic growth and opportunities across the region,” he said