Northeast Governors Forum Seeks Alternative Power supply in Coal, Solar

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The Northeast Governors Forum has resolved to work with the Shangai Electric Company to construct a 60-megawatt coal power plant or 50-megawatt solar power plant in each of the six states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba, and Yobe as part of an effort to address the inadequate power supply in the region.

The decision was made during the forum’s meeting on Saturday in Yola.

The communique issued at the end of the meeting stated that poor infrastructure and a bad road network are stalling development and fueling insecurity in the region, making life more difficult for the people.

The forum called on the North East Development Commission to work with the state governments and the federal ministry of Works to improve road networks and adopt more practical measures in rebuilding the roads.

“Although the security situation is improving positively, state governments should collaborate in the design of the security architecture and work with the security agencies to have a common road map,” the forum noted.

The forum also emphasized the reality of climate change and sought collaboration with agencies like the Great Green Wall to mitigate desertification and encroachment.

According to the communique, the Bauchi state government is to host the Northeast trade fair in February 2024. The forum called on the state governments to actively participate to explore the economic potential and rich cultural tourism heritage in the region.

It also called on member states to domesticate the 2022 education law recommended by the Northeast Development Commission as a matter of strategic regional integration.

The forum expressed the need for a robust regional economic development and called on the federal government to provide a modern gauge railway line in the region to strengthen human capacity.

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