Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has announced that the Dadinkowa Hydropower plant will soon be commissioned.
Speaking during a meeting with the management of Chinese Conglomerate, Huadong Engineering Corporation, who are in Gombe to explore business and investment opportunities, Governor Yahaya, said his administration intended to take advantage of it by setting up an industrial park to encourage investors to establish industries in the state.
Governor Yahaya observed that the Dadinkowa Hydropower power project would be of immense benefit to the people of the state, when optimally utilized.
While appreciating the update given to him on the Dadinkowa project by the Management of Mabon Energy and the officials of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Governor Yahaya said “power is the key to the socio-economic development. We must therefore appreciate the Federal Government for the efforts put in place to get to this level of completion of the plant. As for the energy component, I want to give you my assurance that we are prepared to utilize the facility for the benefit of our people”.
To the investors, he said, “we are happy that you are here and have shown interest to invest. I want to assure you that we will open the doors for you and give you our maximum support and cooperation. I believe by the time we put up a park that will host a cluster of industries; small and medium scale enterprises, which are the backbone of the economy, will begin to spring up in the state and the sky will be our limit” he said.
The project manager and Deputy Director, Electro-Mechanical Equipment Business Development of the Chinese Company, Mr. Chen Zhi, who led the delegation of the Chinese investors, said they were aware of the enormous potentials in Gombe State and the Governor’s disposition towards providing enabling environment for prospective investors.
He said they were willing to take advantage of the gesture to invest in the areas of solar energy and other sectors of the economy.
The Ministry’s team came to Gombe at the instance of the Minister of Water Resources to inspect the readiness of the 40MW Dadinkowa Hydropower Project in preparation for its commissioning.
Governor Yahaya, who expressed readiness of Gombe state for the launching ceremony, said Mr. President, as the father of the nation will be requested to personally commission the plant.