Geometric Power Plant, an indigenous power project, will start the generation and distribution of electricity to Aba in October, Prof. Barth Nnaji, the company’s Chief Executive Officer, says.
Nnaji disclosed this in Enugu on Friday in a lecture with the theme, “The Role of the Media in South East Integration’’ he presented at the 2nd South-East Media Forum.
The forum was organised by members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in the South-East (NUJ Zone C).
Nnaji, the former Minister of Power, said that the 141 megawatts of electricity expected to be generated by the company would ensure steady electricity supply to Aba at a competitive rate.
He said that the commissioning of the power plant would make Aba the first city in Nigeria to have an indigenous power generation plant.
He said that President Goodluck Jonathan was expected to inaugurate the project in November.
The chairman said that Aba was chosen for the project because of the large number of industries in the city.
“Nothing could be more frustrating in manufacturing than inefficient electricity supply,’’ he said.
In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor, University of Nigeria Nsukka, Prof. Bartho Okolo, advised media practitioners in the South-East to abide by the ethics of their profession.
Okolo, represented by Prof. Ifeoma Enemuo, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Enugu Campus, appealed to journalists in the zone to fight against low enrolment of the male child in schools.
Mallam Mohammed Garba, the National President, Nigeria Union of Journalists, commended members of the NUJ in the zone for organising the forum.
Garba, who was represented by his deputy, Mr Rotimi Ogbamuwakan, urged the media to perform its role as the watchdog of the society to achieve national integration.
He appealed to journalists to embrace the insurance scheme set up by the union.
Earlier in his welcome address, the vice chairman of the union in the zone, Mr Chris Isiguzo, said the forum was an annual event aimed at encouraging professionalism in the media.
The forum was attended by media practitioners from Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo States.