05 October 2016, Abuja – Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue says the state government, with an investor Contec Global, will construct a 10 Mega-Watt of embedded power plant valued at 18 million dollars to grow economic activities in the state.
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Head of Public Affairs, Dr Usman Arabi, in a statement said that Ortom announced the plan at a visit to the commission on Tuesday in Abuja.
Ortom said that the planned power plant would be dedicated to industrial layouts in the state.
It said that the acting Chairman of NERC, Dr. Anthony Akah, said NERC would assist states that intended to invest in the power sector to improve the volume of power to Nigerians.
He said that the commission was planning to have a meeting with the 36 state governors on the investment opportunities in the sector.
He said that Ortom and other state governors should take interest in the ongoing consultations on mini-grid regulation.
The chairman said that the governors could explore the mini-grid regulation to provide electricity to areas in their states not connected to the national grid, adding that NERC would provide the needed assistance.
He said, “There is regulatory guarantee on your investments; we will get some of our staff to work with your team and guide you through the technical and other requirement for the issuance of a licence.”