The plan by the federal government through the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) to test-run an uninterrupted off-grid power supply system with Ariaria Market in Aba, Abia State, as case study, may suffer temporary setback.
This is due to a court injunction procured by Emeka Offor’s Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) from a federal high court in Umuahia, Abia State capital. The order is meant to stop work on the Federal Ministry of Works’ plan to supply uninterrupted and cheap electricity to the famous Ariaria market in Aba, Abia State, and boost productivity and revenue generation in the popular market that serves most of West Africa.
The Ariaria experiment is said to be a private sector driven project with full backing of the Ariaria International Traders Association, the Abia State government, and the federal government ostensibly to find solution to power disruptions in the country even after privatization of the nation’s electricity sector. It is said to be part of the ‘Energise the Economy’ project of the present administration aimed at targeting some viable centres for steady supply of power.
Source: Business Day