Lalong to collaborate with Fed Govt, private sector

3 years 4 months ago #1251 by patrickd

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Plateau State Governor, Simon Bako Lalong, has pledged the state’s readiness to collaborate with the Federal Government and private sector to complete reforms in the power sector.

Lalong said this would improve the social wellbeing of residents of the state, and boost economic activities, including small and medium scale manufacturing, processing and retail.

The governor, who spoke during council meeting in Jos, noted that the availability of electric power is sine qua non to any meaningful industrial development.

“About three months ago, our indefatigable Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, was in Jos to open the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) clinic and one of the fundamental factors identified for the success of these enterprises is the availability of regular power supply.

“A key policy thrust of our administration is infrastructural development, of which power supply is chief. My Commissioner for Water Resources and Energy delights in always saying to us that ‘energy makes things happen.’

“Thus, the Plateau State Government is fully committed to working with the Federal Government and private sector investors in completing the reforms in the power sector that will lead us towards realising increased and stable power supply to our citizens in the urban and rural areas.

“This will not only improve their social wellbeing, but will also enable them to engage in meaningful economic activities, such as small and medium scale manufacturing, processing and retail.

“As a state, we are currently focused on maximising our economic potential in agriculture, solid minerals and tourism.

“Good power supply will enable investors to add value to agricultural products from the farms, process the minerals from the mines, and also improve services at hospitality and tourism facilities.

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