President Muhammadu Buhari today inaugurated the Ariara Market Power Plant in the commercial city of Aba, Abia State, with a pledge that his administration will continue to execute people-oriented projects around the country irrespective of party differences.
The President in his speech, said electricity has no political colours and everyone should work together for the progress of the country.
‘‘Today with policies and programmes such as this IPP we have demonstrated that if the common good is our mutual objective, it can be achieved irrespective party differences and constitutional limitations. Electricity has no political colour,’’ the President said
‘‘I am pleased to be here today at the milestone connection of 4,000 shops that now have dedicated power.
Being a market that supplies shoes, bags, clothing, trunks and many household accessories to Nigeria, many African countries like Chad, Cameroun, Gambia and Central Africa Republic, reliable power supply is critical for ease of doing business to ensure sustainability and improvement.
‘‘I am told that before this intervention, traders in the market only got 4 hours a day of electricity and paid exorbitantly for it, which consequently affected the viability of many businesses.
‘‘This is the sad legacy we inherited but which we are replacing with an all-day power supply that is cleaner and better for our environment.
‘‘Those who turned their backs on these problems still have the courage to campaign about unemployment and poverty,’’ he said.