From Ekaete Ikubor
The Rivers State government has reiterated the commitment of the state government towards ensuring regular power supply in the state.
This was as stakeholders in the power sector called on the Federal Government to look inward and enact laws that would promote regular power supply in the country.
The deputy governor, Ipalibo Banigo-Harry, promised that the state government would do everything to enhance power sufficiency and efficiency in the state in its determination to maintain a balanced economy.
Banigo-Harry stated this at the just concluded ‘Power To Power Summit’ organised by the Port Harcourt Chambers of Commerce, Mines, Industry and Agriculture (PHCCIMA) in Port Harcourt.
The deputy governor, who was represented by the permanent secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Lawson Ikwuru, however, pointed out that regular electricity supply could only be achieved in the state through collective efforts.
“Rivers State government is committed to the ideals that will promote sufficiency and efficiency of power supply in the state. We also call for a collective effort in this aspect”, she said.
Banigo described the summit as a welcome development and expressed hope that its outcome would help in restoring sanity to the power sector.
Earlier in his address, the PHCCIMA president, Eze Mike Elechi, said that the summit was not limited to identifying the problems associated with power supply but to also proffer solution to the challenges of inadequate power supply in the country.
Elechi, a retired permanent secretary in the state, listed growth and business development as another focus of the summit, and added that conducive environment makes business to skyrocket.
The PHCCIMA president, who also is the chief executive officer/managing director, Vintage Farms and Products, noted that the summit would help the participants to brainstorm, educate and exchange ideas on energy efficiency innovation and issues affecting energy consumers in the country, maintaining that all hands should be on deck towards ensuring regular power supply in the country.
The president, National Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), IdeJohn Udeabala, expressed regrets that sufficient and sustainable power supply was yet to be achieved in the country.
Udeabala blamed this on the failure of the government and private sector to work together towards proffering a lasting solution to the negative narratives in the power sector.
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