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Nigeria Will Not Work Without South East – Shettima

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The Vice President of Nigeria, Alhaji Kashim Shettima has declared that the South East remains a critical aspect of the Bola Tinubu-led administration, submitting that the hope of the nation rests on the people of the zone. 

The Eastern Updates reports that Shettima spoke during the launch of the Light Up Nigeria Programme (South East), by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) in Enugu yesterday.
According to him, the region holds the key to every indices of development of Nigeria.
He said: “I am pleased to witness the second launch of this strategic collaboration between the Niger Delta Power Holding Company and its invaluable customers. We are gathered here to embark on a strategic journey for the light up Nigeria in the Southeastern states.
“This marks the renewal of hope for investors and industrialists. This is not a ribbon cutting
charade, this is a calculated endeavour to reengineer our economy.
“The South East is an industrial powerhouse, and its economic fortunes remain a critical aspect of President Bola Tinubu’s administration. The South East has over 35 million people. If the South East works, Nigeria works.
“Some people describe the Igbo as the Nigerian Jews; geographically mobile, economically
enterprising and educationally ambitious. You are having the hope of the nation right in our
midst. The hope of the nation rests with Ndigbo.”
Earlier, Managing Director/CEO of NDPHC, Chiedu Ugbo, in a welcome address, said that the formal launch of the South-East phase of the programme was geared towards providing steady and reliable electricity supply to industrial and business clusters across Nigeria.
“These initiatives demonstrate the commitment and determination of President Tinubu’s
administration, working through NDPHC, to provide reliable and sustainable solutions to the
electricity challenge in the country, starting with reliable and affordable supply to industries.

“The first event in this series took place on October 12, 2023, in Agbara, Ogun State, South-West Nigeria, where His Excellency engaged with the business community and committed to providing the required electricity to power businesses in industrial areas across the country through NDPHC.

“Since then, significant progress has been made on the Agbara Project, including identifying and signing key industrial customers, conducting engineering surveys, negotiating transaction agreements, and procuring OEM/EPC providers for the required transmission and distribution projects,” Ugbo said.

Governor of Enugu State, Peter Mbah, commended the Federal Government and the NDPHC
for the project, and enjoined industrialists of the region to fully key into it and take advantage of the initiative to remove any bottlenecks they faced regarding power availability.

Anambra State Governor, Charles Soludo, urged participants to ensure that they chart a clear course for the development of steady power supply in the South East.

He appealed to the Federal Government to follow up the unbundling of the power sector with the unbundling of the gas sector.

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