An 8-member Power Sector Development Committee has been re-inaugurated by Governor Willie Obiano.
The Committee has Engr Chike Okonkwo as its Chairman and Mr Patrick Okigbo as Secretary while other members include the Commissioner for Power and Domestic Water Development and Mr Obi Nwankwo and Engr Alex Amakom.
Others are Barr Uche Ebo, Chief George Chiatula and Engr Nwanne Anigbogu.
The Committee was among other things mandated to develop a Power Masterplan and Implementation framework for the State including devising sustenable ways to power the streetlights in the State, to ensure proper implementation of policies of the State government for the power sector and to promote the indigenization of knowledge, expertise and technology in the State power sector.
The Committee is also expected to facilitate the attraction of foreign direct investment to develop the power sector, to advise government on renewable energy alternatives to explore and to advise the state government on overall best practices to adopt with respect to development, production and distribution of power.
Inaugurating the Committee, Governor Obiano said the need to reinaugurate the committee arose because of the specific objectives which government aims to achieve in the next one year notable of which is to provide captive power for industrial clusters in Awka, Onitsha, Nnewi and Ekwulobia.
Governor Obiano Who noted that a lot can be achieved if the state's power sector is viable, said the Committee must develop new creative avenues to finance power investments through active private sector participation as well as explore the potentials in gas deposits in the state so as to drive economic growth in the State.
He directed that the Committee update his government on their activities on monthly basis, assuring that his government will avail them every support they require to succeed.
The Chairman of the Committee, Engr Okonkwo while promising that the committee will work in line with its terms of reference to enhance sustainable development in the state power sector, commended Governor Obiano for constituting a team of experts to handle the onerous task.
Report By: KENECHUKWU OFOMAH