Ossiomo named best independent electricity producer
Ossiomo Power Company in Edo State has been recognised as the best independent power producer in the country.
This followed power sector reforms by Governor Godwin Obaseki administration, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media Project, Crusoe Osagie, said in a statement, yesterday.
The company was honoured at the 2022 Nigeria Power Sector Awards, which aims at celebrating efforts and achievements of public and private organisations and individuals in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) value chain and the renewable energy/off-grid sector.
Ossiomo, which operates a 95MW power generation and distribution facility in Edo, was birthed through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) with the state government. It powers government offices and hospitals, streetlights and industrial clusters in the metropolis.
Emotan Gardens Estate, Edo Tech Park, Edo Creative Hub, among others, enjoy 22-24 hours of stable electricity supply daily from the facility. The facility is being extended to other parts of the state, with a plan to generate and distribute 1,000 kilowatts to each of Edo’s three senatorial districts.
The awards held on November 23 in Abuja, recognising Ossiomo Power and other public and private sector organisations and individuals in the NESI, who, by their investments and activities, have demonstrated a track record of progress, growth, and innovation in the industry.
According to the Managing Director, Ossiomo Power Company, Dr. Uwa Igiehon, the award is a testament of the company’s commitment to ensuring adequate electricity to power industrial activities taking shape in Edo State today.
He further hailed the governor for his administration’s reforms in the power sector, which has achieved a liberalised electricity market in the state, ensuring a conducive environment to attract investors into the sector.
Recall that Obaseki recently signed the bill repealing Rural Electricity Board Law of 1972 to re-enact a new law that makes provision for the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity for residents of the state, paving the way for the establishment of an electricity market in the state.