By Udeme Akpan
EFFORTS at ensuring that over 200 commercial entities around Ozoro in Isoko Local Government areas of Delta State benefit from power supply has got a boost as Benin Electricity Distribution Plc (BEDC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Thames Energy Limited and the Delta State Government on the construction of 20 megawatts, MW power plant in the area.
The MOU signing ceremony, which took place at BEDC Head Office in Benin signalled a tripartite partnership that is expected to galvanize the potentials of several commercial entities in addition to rejuvenating the economy of the territory, making it an economic hub for Delta State.
Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, BEDC, Mrs. Funke Osibodu, in her opening remarks at the MoU signing ceremony, said the company was poised to make the project a reality with a view to promoting the socio-economic development of the community and Delta State at large.
Osibodu who argued that no urban renewal or development was complete without power supply said BEDC’s involvement in the deal was informed by the quest and commitment at improving the quality of life of customers through the provision of reliable and stable electricity supply with limited interruptions.
Also contributing, BEDC’s Executive Director, Commercial, Dr. Abu Ejoor, commended the people of Ozoro for creating a peaceful and friendly environment for the project to take off. He said the project, when completed, will improve the lots of the people, create jobs, reduce poverty and create enterprises.
Managing Director of Thames Energy Limited, Mr. Akpovi Oyo, assured that the power plant project would be completed within 18 months, noting that power was one of the biggest industries which required tapping into with a view to sustaining economic development.
He declared that the rationale for the project was to ginger Deltans into improving the lots of its people, create jobs and reduce poverty, adding that “it is an off grid project where 20megawatts of electricity would be installed in the first phase, while the second, third and fourth phase will come up based on demand.
In a couple of weeks, a ground breaking will be done for construction to kick off immediately,” he pledged, adding that Delta State required five of such power plants in key areas.” Delta State Commissioner for Urban Renewal, Hon. Ilolo Oghenekaro, commended BEDC for its display of professionalism in the packaging of the project, declaring that Delta State was committed to the development of key infrastructure that will improve the economy.”
“You cannot renew any urban centre without critical infrastructure like power, hence the basis for the Delta State government’s partnership with BEDC and Thames Energy on the project” he said, expressing hope that the partnership will bear fruit. President General of Isoko nation, High Chief Iduh Amadhe, commended the commitment of BEDC to the Isoko nation assuring that they will create an enabling environment for the project to succeed.