Power and Energ Committee of the Delta State House of Assembly has reiterated its readiness to work with relevant stakeholders to ensure adequate electricity supply in the state.
Chairman of the Committee, Honourable Kenneth Ogba, stated this when the Commissioner for Energy, Honourable Basil Ganagana, appeared before the Committee to defend the 2020 proposed budget of his Ministry.
He said power was key to industrial and economic growth and development hence the need for the Ministry to work towards achieving adequate power supply to drive the economy.
The State Commissioner for Energy, Basil Ganagana, said in 2019 N5bn was approved for capital budget for commitments to projects awarded between 2015 to 2018 and for new ones.
He disclosed that N1.2bn was spent on projects awarded between 2015 to 2018, while N459m was spent on projects awarded in 2019, adding that the Ministry achieved 34.65% performance of the approved 2019 budget.
Ganagana said the Ministry had proposed N3.4bn for 2020 to take care of all ongoing projects and new ones, stressing that the state government had provided the required infrastructure across the state to ensure steady power supply.
The Rural Development Agency, a parastatal under the Ministry of Energy, also defended its proposals for 2020.