Enugu State Governor Signs Electricity Bill Into Law, Aims To Boost Economic Growth And Investment

Dr. Peter Mbah, the Governor of Enugu State, has officially enacted the Enugu State Electricity Bill, characterizing it as a significant stride toward fostering economic development and positioning the state as the premier choice for investment, commerce, tourism, and habitation….


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Addressing the gathering at the Government House Enugu during the signing ceremony, Governor Mbah emphasized that his administration’s aspiration to elevate the economy of Enugu State from $4.4 billion to $30 billion would remain an unrealized ambition without a consistent and dependable power supply.

Hence, the introduction of the Electricity Law became imperative. This bill had been presented to the House of Assembly approximately two weeks ago.

Governor Mbah also lauded the House of Assembly’s leadership and members for their prompt approval of the bill and their bipartisan cooperation, all of which were geared toward the betterment of Enugu State.

“As you may be aware, following the Constitutional Amendment and the 2023 Electricity Act, electricity has now become a concurrent matter. This change enables us to actively participate in all aspects of the electricity industry’s value chain.

“Consequently, Enugu State has acted swiftly to establish its own electricity market, the fundamental aim of this legislation.

“We are now in a position to engage in electricity generation, transmission, and distribution activities.

“Moreover, through our regulatory commission, which this law empowers us to establish, we will have the authority to oversee the operations of the various players – the generation, transmission, and distribution companies that will emerge from this initiative.

“Therefore, this law holds great significance and is a crucial step toward realizing the vision of the Enugu State we aspire to create. You cannot speak of industry or private sector investment without access to reliable electricity or power.

“Under our administration, Enugu is primed and fully equipped to become the primary destination for investments, and this legislation represents one of the foundational enablers.

“We extend our appreciation to the Members of the Enugu State House of Assembly for their swift handling of this bill, which has now become law through this official endorsement,” stated the governor.

The signing ceremony was attended by key dignitaries, including the Speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Hon. Uchenna Ugwu, who was represented by the Deputy Speaker, Hon.

Ezenta Ezeani, as well as the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Dr. Kinsley Udeh, and the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Chidiebere Onyia, among other state officials.

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