The 55MW CCETC-Ossiomo Power Plant in Benin City has commenced supply of 24-hour electricity to the premises of the Edo State-run newspaper outfit, Nigerian Observer, which houses the Edo Creative Hub.
The move is part of the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration’s drive to restructure the state-owned newspaper company and provide viable space for innovative youths in the creative industry.
The General Manager of Bendel Newspaper Company Limited (BNCL), Barr. Solomon Imohiosen lauded the governor for redeeming his electioneering promise to make the state an industrial hub.
Imohiosen said: “The 24 hours power supply would increase the total output of the company. This is the first time that the state is experiencing this kind of transformation. We are now a reference point.”
“The initiative of the Governor Obaseki-led government during his first term in office is meant to provide stable power supply to government buildings, agencies other public utilities and industries for efficient and better service delivery to the people of Edo State. We are happy that we have been connected to the state’s power reforms,” she added.
The Edo Creative Hub, which is part of a number of initiatives to drive job creation and skills development in the state, has a facility within the premises. It is being run by the Edo State Skills Development Agency (EdoJobs).
Head, EdoJobs, Mrs. Ukinebo Dare, said with the 24-hours power supply from the the 55MW CCETC-Ossiomo Power Plant, all is set for the opening of the Edo Creative Hub at the premises.
She said the creative hub will engage more innovative youths in the state and provide them with 24 hours of electricity and spaces where content creators can come in with their equipment to finish their creative works, including films and music, among others.