Efforts at ensuring that over 200 commercial entities around Ozoro in Isoko Local Government areas of Delta State benefit from power supply has gotten 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 20megawatts power plant in the area.
The MOU signing ceremony, signaled a tripartite partnership that is expected to galvanize the potentials of several commercial entities in addition to rejuvinating the economy of the Isoko and thus make the location an economic hub for Delta State.
Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, BEDC, Mrs Funke Osibodu in her opening remarks at the ceremony, according to a statement, said the company was poised to make the project a reality with a view to improving on the socio-economic development of the Isoko people and Delta state at large.
Mrs Osibodu who argued that no urban renewal or development was complete without power supply, saidBEDC
Also contributing, Executive Director, Commercial, Dr Abu Ejoor commended the people of Ozoro for creating a peaceful and friendly environment for the project to take off.
The Executive Director said the project when completed will improve the lots of the people, create jobs, reduce poverty and create enterprise.
The Managing Director of Thames Energy Limited, MrAkpovi Oyo assured that the power plant project would be completed within 18months saying that power was one of the biggest industries which required tapping into with a view to enable sustenance in the economy.
He declared that the rationale for the project was to ginger Deltans
“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.”
In his remarks, 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.
“Power is the biggest industries that is emerging out of the 21st industry which will be bigger than telecoms and there is need to key in into the sector in such a way that it will help everybody. Delta State is willing to provide any form of assistance to make this project a success.”
He opined that when completed the project will boost the economy, business activities and create employment, adding: “In short, it is a watershed.”
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.