The Governor of Gombe State, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, has said that his administration is leveraging on energy potentials to drive industrial and economic growth in the state.
The governor said the state was working on actualizing its 200MW solar power project under the Northern Governors' Renewable Energy Initiative.
The governor who spoke during the commissioning of the 40MW Hydropower Project, at the Dadin Kowa Dam in Yamaltu-Deba Local Government Area of the state, said the state is also working to harness the Hydropower potential at the Balanga Dam of Balanga Local Government Area of the state.
"Our administration is already working on the 200MW solar power project under the Northern Governors' Renewable Energy Initiative.
"In addition, we are working to harness our Hydropower potential at Balanga Dam in order to boost Gombe State energy capacity.
"The discovery and subsequent exploration of oil in the Kolmani region in Gombe State has added gas power to the generation mix which is essential to our industrialisation agenda which we are pursuing rigorously," governor Yahaya stated.
The governor further stated that his administration has remained committed to creating favourable environment for businesses to thrive.
He explained that the move has already started yielding results.
The governor noted that the state has for the second time in a row been celebrated as the best in the ease of doing business ranking in the country.
He added that the record could only be achieved with his administration's good policies and programmes.
Ismaila Uba Misilli, spokesperson to the governor, made this known in a statement on Friday.
"We are intentional in creating the enabling environment for businesses to thrive through deliberate formulation of favourable policies and provision of infrastructures and services to support business creation and growth.
"Our administration is committed to working with private investors and development finance institutions to plea a sluggish comparative advantage for the benefit of our people", Misilli quoted the governor.
The governor further commended the recent constitutional amendment that permits state governments rights to generate, transmit and distribute electricity.
"It will go along way in galvanizing stakeholders at subnational level to exploit their potentials by leveraging the comparative advantage they have," he added.
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