Acting-President, Yemi Osinbajo has said that the federal government will develop thermal power plants in Egbema local government area of Imo State as it seeks to beef up electricity supply in the country.
He said this in Owerri at a stakeholders’ forum on sustainable development in the Niger-Delta region.
Osinbajo said the development of the facilities in the area was necessary due to the huge deposit of gas in the area, stressing that situating the thermal power facilities in the area will solve the problem of gas supply to the stations, leaving government with only the problem of electricity transmission.
The Acting-President also said that the project will be executed in consultation with the state government, adding that President Muhammadu Buhari had promised to make sure Imo people got their just dues.
He said: “I also believe that thermal power stations such as Egbema power station must be stationed here to beef up electricity supply across the country.
“They must be stationed in the oil-producing communities, especially here in Imo state where there is a huge deposit of gas.
“We must have thermal power stations here, because it’s easier and makes more sense to situate thermal power stations next to the gas facilities so that our only concern will be how to transmit the power. That is one of the issue we intend to deal with in consultation with the state governor, Rochas Okorocha.
“Let me assure you that as far as President Buhari is concerned, Imo state is important, Oil-producing communities are important, and he will make sure and the federal government will make sure that you get your just dues.”