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Governor Bala Signs $70m Electricity Provision Agreement


Gov Bala Signs $70m Electricity Provision Agreement

By Idris Shehu Zarge

Governor Bala Mohammed on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with PowerDot, a UK based energy firm on provision of affordable and uninterrupted electricity through incineration of municipal solid waste to energy at an affordable cost.

The Memorandum of Understanding which is a seventy million dollars’ investment billed to provide ten Megawatts of power through waste, was signed at a colourful ceremony supported by some members of the state legislature.

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Speaking shortly after signing the MoU at the Government House, Bauchi, Governor Bala Mohammed pledged to provide the required support for the smooth execution of the firm’s project in the state.

The governor also pledged to protect PowerDot’s investment in the state, saying the initiative will enhance internally generated revenue, create employment opportunities in addition to bringing industrialization to Bauchi.

He said, “Today is a very auspicious day, we welcome you to Bauchi and we extend our solidarity to your partners. We will do all the needful for you to operate effectively in our state.”

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The Governor added, “This MoU that we have signed to provide 10 megawatts of power through waste is key towards providing good governance.”

Bala declared the interest of his administration to continue to partner with the federal government to comply with power regulations to harness the enough waste abound in the state.

In a remark, the Group Managing Director of the United Kingdom based firm, Ambassador Anthony Esere said that Bauchi state is the second in the entire Africa to benefit from such investment from the organization.

Ambassador Anthony Esere who said the firm will commence work in the state on March this year, noted that the initiative will bring positive development to the state.

He told the governor, “Your Excellency, our organization is very pleased to be in Bauchi state to bring investment of 70 million dollars.”

The Chairman of the House of Assembly Committee on Environment and Forestry, Hon. Musa Wakili Nakwada described the initiative as a welcome development and timely investment to the state.

Earlier, the Director General, Bauchi State Environmental Protection Agency (BASEPA), Dr. Ibrahim Kabir noted that the investment would go a long way in boosting critical sectors of the economy including power and environment.

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