By Simon Ebegbulem
GOVERNOR Godwin Obaseki has said that with the 450MW Azura-Edo Power Project now on stream, Edo State is looking at attracting more investors for the Benin Industrial Park and technology innovation hubs, which would benefit from the conducive business environment and guaranteed power in the state.
The governor spoke during the visit of 10 World Bank Executive Directors to the Edo-Azura Power Plant, near Benin City, the state capital.
“Power is the key to industrialisation and development. We need to extend the benefits of this investment. Now that we have power, what are we going to do with it? The next set of projects are those that have to rely on this key infrastructure we have just created. So, we would be looking at the Benin Industrial Park, building infrastructure to encourage and support manufacturers to come in. We are looking at innovation hubs; we want to use the factor and advantage of 24/7 electricity to encourage technology groups and companies to be located in Edo State,” he said.
Noting that other social amenities will benefit from the power project and World Bank’s continued support to the state, he said, “We are looking at our educational system. We are looking at getting the power to our schools so that we can increase the standard and quality of our education. We have finished the design of a couple of other projects. We want to get partners like the ones who have developed this project, to work with.”Read Full Story