Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has visited the management of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), to convey the complaint of consumers in Lafia, the state capital on shortage of power and high tarrif being.
Engineer Sule visited the AEDC headquarters in Abuja, on Thursday.
According to the Governor, two major issues brought him to the AEDC head office in Abuja namely the shortage of power supply in Lafia, as well as the estimated billing system which is making consumers pay through their noses for power.
He described as really amazing that Lafia consumers now have the worst power supply even with the Akurba power substation is working, with some consumers having less than four hours power supply daily.
“We were thinking that with the Akurba substation and that we have been moved to Band A, we should be getting at least 20 hours daily. I’m a witness because I use the same power, there are some people in Lafia getting somewhere between two to three hours daily,” he stated.
Engineer Sule traced the genesis of the complaints on high tarrif being charged by consumers to the unavailability of meters, resulting in estimated billing.
“The problem is that because we don’t have meters, we are now getting high rates. People who use to pay anywhere between 4 or 5 thousand, now pay twenty thousand. They have the worst power supply after we have the substation. They have nobody to blame than AEDC,” he added.
The Governor decried a situation where consumers in Lafia could take to the streets in order to register their grudges over the power situation, stressing that his administration will do everything necessary in order to sustain the relative peace across the state.
“When the matter came to me first, I told them not to worry, that any time I am in Abuja, I will visit the AEDC. In Nasarawa so far, we have been lucky to have a peaceful state and I will do anything possible to maintain it that way. But when people become agitated and I am their servant, I will take the opportunity to go all the way to ensure that the matter is addressed,” he stated.
The Governor used the opportunity of the visit to plead with the AEDC management to provide meters for consumers in the state, which will go a long way to address the issue of estimated billing.
“I want to plead with you on the meter, to see the possibility of people getting meters. That way people will pay what they consume. Which is fair in life. If you do that, the people are willing to pay for the power they consume,” he said.
Engineer Sule informed the AEDC management that his administration bought over 200 transformers last year, while also spending another N500m to bring electricity to the area housing the newly constructed federal secretariat that will be commissioned next month by President Muhammadu Buhari.
He adviced the company to see to the rehabilitation of the small power substation located along Shendam Road, which has been down for a long period, adding that, if rehabilitated, the substation will facilitate for the company to shed some of its load.
Managing Director/CEO of the AEDC, Engr. Adeoye Fadeyibi, immediately directed for the supply of meters to Nasarawa State starting from next week.
While thanking the Governor for the visit, he said the company will look into the issues raised during the visit.
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The Bank of Industry (BOI) and Nasarawa State Government have signed a memorandum of understanding and officially launched N500m youth revolving funds in an event that took place at the Late Aliyu Akwe Doma Banquet Hall on 27th October, 2022 in Lafia.
In his speech during the signing ceremony, Governor Abdullahi Sule said the initiative would help in wealth creation through investment and employment opportunities generation for the youth of the state as government would closely monitor the scheme multiplyer effect.
The governor noted that the over two hundred youths that had already been trained through the human capital development office would be the first to access the funds to set up businesses that would help reduce restiveness amongst youths.
“Today’s occasion is significant as it is in tandem with the philosophy and vision of our administration particularly in the development of youths through the creation of equal opportunities for them to realize their potentials for socio-economic development of the state,” Governor Sule noted.
He commended the Bank of Industry for conceiving the idea of youth revolving scheme which is designed to grant soft loans to the youthful population to boost their economic viability through entrepreneurship.
Governor Sule explained that he had since approved the N250m matching counterpart fund and assured the people of the state that in the second phase, he intends to provide N500m as matching funds and the Bank of Industry would augment it with another N500m to make it N1bn youth revolving funds scheme in Nasarawa State.
On his part, Olukayode Pitan Managing Director/CEO Bank of Industry who was represented by Dr. Rislanudeen Muhammad who is the General Manager Small and Medium Enterprises, North said the Youth Revolving Funds Scheme is a matching funds agreement where the state government and BOI contributes N250m each.
The MD BOI stressed that research has shown that Nigeria has one of the highest youths population in the world with current unemployment rate estimated at 33.3 percent which makes the need for intervention imperative.
“We are optimistic that this funding partnership will expand the capacity and productivity of MSMEs in this great state,” Dr. Pitan said.
He assured that the Bank of Industry would continue to play significant role in boosting Nigeria enterprises through the provision of innovative financial services mostly in single digit interest rates on loans.
On her part, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor and Focal Person, Human Capital Development, Habiba Balarabe Suleiman appreciated the Bank of Industry as well as the governor for adopting what she called game changer.
She stressed that, the state government had lived up to it’s responsibilities by paving the way for the youths of the state to access funds to finance their business ideas thereby curbing restiveness which is prevalent amongst the youths.
In his vote of thanks, the state Deputy Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe who is the Chairman Human Capital Development said he realized that the agreement with Bank of Industry had become imperative soon after they trained over 200 youths on employability skills with nothing to offer them as startup incentives.
He appreciated the governor for making the process seamless through prompt approval of the N250m matching funds which culminated into the MoU signing ceremony.