Buhari Commissions Ariaria Market Independent Power Project In Aba
President Muhammadu Buhari has made the indigenes of Aba Abia State very happy by commissioning the Ariaria Independent Power Project. Addressing guests at the event, the President said his administration understands that decentralized power supply is a critical part of the power sector recovery programme, which is meant to supply constant power supply to the citizens.
Buhari said the Ariaria Independent Power Project is part of the Energizing Economies Initiative, developed to increase energy access and economic growth by assisting private sector developers to provide clean, reliable and affordable power to economic clusters, such as markets, shopping complexes and agricultural/industrial clusters. He went ahead to disclose his plans to reach 500,000 small businesses within 350 economic clusters, within the next 4-5 years.
While pledging his administration’s commitment to continually promote made in Nigeria goods, he also lamented that some artisans paid money for power that doesn’t last up-to four hours, and this affects their level of productivity.
Also speaking, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said “there are many things happening in Nigeria as a result of your policies, programmes and approval you have midwifed and championed, in order to make Nigeria a better place.”
Also speaking, the Managing Director of Rural Electrification Agency, Mrs Damilola Ogunbiyi, said in a bid to empower small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs), the Energizing Economies Initiative (EEI), seeks to address any power deficiencies experienced by economic clusters such as markets, industrial clusters and shopping complexes through off-grid solutions.
She said the independent Power Project is a fulfilment of a commitment made by this administration to increase energy access through sustainable and renewable energy solutions.
“To date almost 10,000 shops have been electrified as part of the initiative within Ariaira Market, Sabon Gari Market in Kano, Sura Market complex and Iponri market in Lagos, Ediaken market in Ondo”, she said. She also emphasized that the pre-paid meters mean that there is no more estimated billing, and traders only pay for what they consume. “Therefore, we encourage energy conservation and payment of power supply,” she said.
Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, also commended President Buhari, “Mr President, on behalf of Igbo nation, I want to thank you for this independent power plant to Ariaria international market. We also say thank you instructing the Nigerian Army to purchase 50,000 combat boots from this same market. At N10,000 per pair, your Excellency, you have directly injected N500,000,000 cash into the hands of these poor traders. Lifting their business and expanding their scope. We are with you and we’d continue to stand by you till 2023”.