Nassarawa State Government has purchased twenty 500 KVA transformers estimated at over 100 million naira to Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) to boost electricity supply in Lafia, the Nassarawa State capital and its environs.
This is even as it concluded arrangement to establish a produce market in Lafia, the state capital in addition to the extra modern market billed to be commissioned within the next two months.
Speaking at the inspection tour of the power improvement equipment at the Ministry of Works and Transport, Governor Aliyu Akwe Doma said the decision to purchase the transformers was in line with his administration’s determination to improve the socio-economic activities through constant supply of energy.
The governor who inspected other PHCN installation centres in Lafia, expressed concern that the management of PHCN has not done much to improve electricity supply in the state despite the state government’s efforts to collaborate with the body in that respect.
Governor Doma said the produce market, when established, would not only cater for the need of businesspersons in the country but would also justify the state’s claim as the food basket of the nation.
He said the ultra-modern market is estimated to cost N484.9 million when completed and the stalls leased out to the traders within the state would boost economic activities.
Doma who noted that the private sector is still very weak in Nassarawa State said his administration is determined to create a strong and viable private sector by ensuring that businesspersons in the state take advantage of the available economic opportunities to improve their economic status.
The governor who also inspected the piece of land prepared for construction of 500 units of houses, said when completed, the houses would be leased out to workers who are contributing to National Housing Fund in the state at subsidized rates.