The Delta State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understandings (MoU)s with some foreign investors on power generation.
The State Commissioner for Energy, Hon. (Barr.) Newworld Safugha revealed this while briefing the press in Asaba, on the activities and achievements of his Ministry so far in the last one year.
He stated that Luxra, a British firm is to generate three hundred megawatts of electricity from Solar energy, while Yuta-Li, a Chinese Company, will construct a one hundred megawatts solar plant at Otolokpo/Umunede in Ika North East Local Government Area of the State, with Bashanchuro Power Solutions generating an eight point five megawatts for the gas turbine at the Asaba Integrated Power Project, to serve Asaba.
The Hon. Commissioner for Energy noted that the low power supply in the State was due to inadequate electricity supply from the national grid, stressing out that the State needed one thousand and ten megawatts of electricity instead of the one hundred megawatts it was presently receiving.
On the generator powered street lights, he disclosed that the project had been converted to public power supply to cut costs.
Barr. Safugha who revealed that two sound proof generating sets had also been provided for the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) Asaba and the State owned Delta Broadcasting Service (DBS), Asaba to boost power supply, called on local and international investors to invest in the renewable energy sector in the State that Delta State was peaceful and safe for investors.
He disclosed that the State Government had invested nine hundred and thirty-six million naira to address the power needs of the twenty – five Local Government Areas of the State from May 29, 2015 till date.
The Commissioner also disclosed that the State Government had signed an agreement with a private firm to disseminate information and advertisements on the Light Emission Diode (LED) display boards across the State emphasizing that the sum of sixty-five million naira would be realized yearly by the State Government from the agreement.
Also, while briefing the press, the State Commissioner, Bureau for Special Duties, Hon. Chika Ossai stated that property worth two hundred and twenty billion naira were saved from May 29, 2015 till date.
He said property worth seven billion naira were also lost to different fire outbreaks across the State. Adding that, one hundred and fifty-five persons were rescued alive while eighteen persons died during the period under review from May 29, 2015 till caste.
Hon. Ossai commended the Delta State Fire Service for responding promptly to all distress calls and effectively fighting reported fire outbreaks.