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Gov Mbah unveils plans for regular power supply by 2026

Enugu state governor, Dr Peter Mbah has unveiled the plans of his government to tackle head on the challenges posed by epileptic power supply to businesses and residents of the state

Unveiling the plans on Saturday during a town hall meeting with stakeholders, Governor Mbah said the State will generate and distribute its own power supply to businesses and residents to boost its economy by 2026.

According to him, the state would explore opportunities provided by the power sector reforms to actualise the plans, adding that the State Electricity Regulatory Commission will be inaugurated soon.

He said: “Electricity is a major infrastructural requirements for industrial development. We are going to set up Enugu State Electricity Regulatory Commission as we tackle all legal and regulatory issues in actualizing the objective.

“Working with the private sector we shall generate and distribute electricity in Enugu by the end of 2026. We will build née transmitters lines and handle distribution of power.

“People can come here to buy and distribute power, our desire is to ensure we have steady power supply to businesses and households in Enugu,” the governor said.

Mbah also spoke on the ongoing legacy project aimed at repositioning the educational sector.

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He disclosed that the 260 smart schools being constructed in the 260 political wards of the state will come alive by the year 2025.

According to Mbah, work has already commenced in 160 wards while the remaining 100 will commence soon.

He said that the smart school will go beyond the primary school education and over a 12 years compulsory and free education to every child born in the state.

He added that the early life learning is included in the smart school initiative and with that, the children will be absorbed from nursery to primary schools.

“They will be exposed to modern learning environment and this will see a transition from chalkboard to smart boards and our pupils will no longer struggle with notebooks as they’ll be given notepads for their lesson notes,” adding that “our children is at the epicentre of our plans for the state.”

The Governor also said that his administration is building 260 type II Health centres across the wards and 30 of such health centre has already been awarded, 100 will soon be awarded.

He went further to state that the current maternal mortality rate in the state is “unacceptable and we’re doing everything to bring it down and to help tackle this.”

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He said his administration has increased the number of nurses admitted into state owned institutions and the schools of nursing are getting the needed face-lift.

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