ABSG To Collaborate With The Nigeria Infrastructure Corporation In Some Critical Areas Of The Economy

...mandate covers power,energy transmission, agriculture and industrialization among others


Abia state government says it is willing to collaborate with the Nigeria Infrastructure Corporation in some critical areas of the economy including agriculture and power.

Governor Alex Otti stated this when he met with the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Infrastructure Corporation, Dr Lazarus Angbazo and his team who visited him.
He said his government will engage further with the team to see how to enhance power to all parts of the state.

The Governor disclosed that the Abia State government is in discussion with Geometric power on the possibility of taking excess power from Aba to boost power supply to Umuahia and it’s environs, a discussion, he said, is receiving positive attention.

The Governor also said his government is intentional and deliberate about the things it wants to do, and stated that governance is about partnership.

Dr Otti was of the view that government will do better when it attracts more investors into the state, maintaining that Abia state government’s attention on infrastructure and security is to drive development in the state.

“For me, governance is about partnership. You can only do so much in the confines of your area, be it the national or sub national. So, for us we feel we need to attract as many partners as possible. That’s why we are deliberate in infrastructure, we know that when you secure the place and provide infrastructure, investors will come. We have productive land, the kind of land which speaks to agriculture. Times were in the past when governments relied 100 percent on agriculture .

“The area of agriculture is very critical to our strategy and we want to engage further on that, just like power. Just less than 40 megawatt coming from Geometric today to Aba has changed a lot of things. And if from what we hear, the second turbine is fully commissioned then you will be talking about 80 to 90 megawatt. So the story will be changed. There are businesses that rely fully on power. So it is very important we solve the problem of the power in the remaining 8 Local Government Areas.”

In his speech,the commissioner for Power and Public Utilities,Engr.Ikechukwu Monday said that Abia is blessed with many potentials with Aba as the industrial hub of the South East region.

He made public that Abia State is working on increasing power in the state and would like to partner the corporation, adding that the state is interested in collaborating with many investors to give Abia people what they want .

Earlier , the M.D/CEO,Nigeria Infrastructure Corporation,Dr Lazarus Angbazo said they were keen for partnership between Abia State and the corporation.

He explained that the Nigeria Infrastructure Corporation is a government backed, privately managed infrastructure vehicle to complement infrastructure in states,disclosing that their mandate covers power,energy transmission, agriculture and industrialization among others .
He commended the Governor for his leadership style and for bringing credibility to governance, adding that they were in the state to key into the government’s plan for restoring Aba’s leadership as an industrial hub.