President Tinubu To Commission Geometric Power Plant In Abia State On 26th February, 2024

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Less than 50 days after his first official visit, President Bola Tinubu is expected in Abia State on the 26th of this month to commission the Geometric Power Company Ltd plant in Aba.

President Tinubu had on last December 29, through Vice President Kashim Shettima unveiled the Peace in South-East Project, initiated by House of Representatives deputy speaker, Benjamin Kalu in Bende.
Aba In Abia State is set for 24 Hours power, as Geometric Power will Be Commissioned on February 26th,2024

The 181-megawatt Geometric Power plant at the Osisioma Industrial Layout of Aba in Abia State will now be commissioned on Monday, February 26, 2024, according to a statement by the company’s management issued on the 23rd, February 2024.

The plant was originally scheduled for inauguaration on Saturday, February 24, by the Nigeria President, His Excellency Bola Tinubu.

The new date also, was chosen by the office of the President of the Nation due to what was described as unexpected developments.

Hence, the president will commission the 188-MW thermal plant alongside Aba Power Ltd which will take electricity from the new plant and supply to nine of the 17 local governement areas in Abia State.

Reacting to the decision to postpone the long-awaited commissioning to Monday, an energy consultant in Lagos, Engineer Cliff Eneh who was a senior manager with the defunct National Electric Power of Nigeria (NEPA), after serving as a senior engineer with the Texa Power and Light Corporation in the United States, said this morning: “A 48-hour difference is not significant.

“We are proud of the support the Federal Governemnt has of late been giving to the Geometric Power integrated company, the only group in Nigeria that will generate and distribute its own power; other power firms either generate or distribute but do not get involved in both”.

Described as the biggest investment in the Southeast, Geometric Power has spent some $800 million dollars on its integrated power project, which includes building a 27-kilometre natural gas pipeline from Owaza in Ukwa west LGA in Abia State to the Osisioma Industrial Layout in Aba.

“We have, in addition, installed 150,000 kilometres of cables and wires and installed four new power substations as well as refurbished three others inherited from the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN”, explained Ben Caven, a former NEPA Executive Director famous for leading Transmission, Generation and Engineering Divisions simultaneously in the former state-owned power utility. Caven is now the Managing Director of Geometric Power Ltd.

In a separate view, a former executive with the Los Angeles Water and Light in the United States, Shettima
Patrick Umeh, who later served as a commissioner in-charge of markets, market rates and competition at the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), described the tubular poles mounted by geometric power in Aba and the environs as incomparable in Africa. He added that “only in cities like Tokyo and San-Francisco in California you have facilities of this quality and sizes”.

“As Much as they are very tall, as all of us can see, the tubular poles here are actually about 10 meters deep.

The Geometric Power Group was founded by Professor Bart Nnaji, a globally respected academic engineer in the United Staetes, who has been Nigeria’s Minister of Science and Technology and later Minister of Power.

Nnaji embarked on the integrated project after then World Bank President James Wolfensohn and then Nigeria’s Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala visted Aba on March 17, 2004, and discovered that the greatest challenge facing both large-scale and medioum-scale industrialists in Aba, reputed to be the centre of indigenous manufacturing in Nigeria, is epileptic power supply.

Both Wolfensohn and Okonjo-Iweala appealed to Nnaji to assist with a power plant dedicated to Aba, following the 22MW Abuja Emergency Power Plant he led a team of Nigerian engineers to build in Abuja from 2000 to 2001 that supplied uninterrupted power to critical places like the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Company, the Central Bank headquarters, the Aso Rock and the entire Central Business District of Abuja.

Electricity was rarely available in Aba, noted Chief Alphonsus Udeigbo, President General of the 22,000-member Aba Landlords Protection and Development Association (ALPANDA), and when it was available it was so poor that it couldn’t power your household appliances, let alone industrial machines”.

The inauguration of the Geometric Power will hold on the 26th February, 2024, this is according to Sir Alexander Maduakor, President of the Association of Aba Industrialists, which will mark a new dawn in the country, not just in Aba or Abia State at large.

Mr. Uchechi Nganga Uzosike
Fed. Min. of Information