Plans are underway to generate 7,000 megawatts of electricity to improve power supply and enhance economic activities in the Niger Delta region.
This was stated by the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Nigeria Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr. Nsima Ekere, in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Akure, Ondo State capital.
Ekere said, “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.”
According to Ekere, the commission is prepared to focus its activities on projects that will engender sustainable and comprehensive economic and social integration of the region in line with its core mandate.
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.
“Power remains central to economic development. The success of our collective mandate to develop the Niger Delta depends on how much we are able to make the region the hub of socio-economic activities and tourism in Nigeria.”
Ekere further said the commission, which has executed several roads, bridges, schools, hostels, health facilities and other developmental projects in the region, had met with the immediate need for the transformation of Niger Delta states and communities.
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, Ekere added.
He said, “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.”