By Simeon OSAJIE
The Edo State Government has concluded plans to extend the Ossiomo Power to Edo Central and North Senatorial Districts in the State in its transformed struggle to attack the challenges of power supply and incentive development.
In a chat with newsmen, the Managing Director, Ossiomo Power, Dr. Uwa Igiehon, unveiled that the project which has ensured stable electricity to power government establishments and public infrastructure in the Benin metropolis, will now be extended to ensure steady power supply across all the 18 Local government that made up the state.
The Ossiomo Power project is an innovation of the Obaseki-led state government to make the state self-sustaining in power supply. The 95MW facility was birth through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Ossiomo Power Company and powers government offices and hospitals, as well as streetlights in Benin metropolis.
Among others state government establishment that enjoy 22-24 hours of 24 hours of stable electricity supply daily from the facility are Emotan Gardens Estate, Edo Tech Park and Edo Creative Hub. The power is also being extended to the Edo Enterprise and Industrial Park, among others.
The state has also passed the bill repealing the Rural Electricity Board Law of 1972 to re-enact a new law that makes provision for the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity for residents of the state, paving the way for the establishment of an electricity market in the state.
While reassuring on the expansion of the infrastructure to supply 24-hour power across the state, Dr. Ogiehon said, “We are not resting on our oars; we will provide more and extend, and particularly with the new law in Edo State, we are more empowered to achieve even more.
“There is a very definite plan by Governor Godwin Obaseki to extend the facility to other senatorial districts in the state and we certainly will do that, and whatever issues that come up, whether gas, generation, transmission or distribution, we have the capacity to tackle and solve them.”
Dr. Ojiehon further called for the support and participation of electricity users and other stakeholders in the state towards achieving a liberalized electricity market in the state, in line with the vision of the government.
Reacting on the disruption of gas supply to the Ossiomo Power Plant in Ologbo, Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of the state, Dr. Ogiehon said all necessary measures have been put in place to mitigate the problem.
He however noted that the firm does not owe the government or any other person for the supply of gas, adding, “Let me make it absolutely clear that we are one of the few power companies in this country that does not owe gas suppliers.
“The way we run our business is a cash flow waterfall; our customers pay us and we pay them. We don’t owe them any money and they have an obligation to supply gas. It is for them to explain why, within their system, they are not able to supply consistently.”
“It has become imperative for everyone to be involved. We have done our best and now we have the wider public who are customers and users of electricity including the state government and other prominent locations in the state,” the Ossiomo MD noted.