Nigeria to invest in Oji River thermal power station
The Senator representing Enugu West at the National Assembly, Senator Ben-Collins Ndu says the Federal Government
will spend N 3 bn in the rehabilitation of the Oji River thermal power station. President Olusegun Obasanjo announced
during his recent campaign rally in Enugu that the project would be awarded in the next couple of weeks as funds for
the project had been set aside.
Ndu who declared his intention to seek re-election on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said even though he was not part of the National Assembly from the outset, he has performed well to deserve another chance.
The Senate Committee Chairman on INEC and member of Committee on Power said that he attracted the rehabilitation of
the thermal station, in addition to several water projects and rural electrification. He said that the water project
which would be executed within his senatorial zone would gulp N 460 mm while the electricity project would cost over
N 300 mm. He said that he was also able to attractwithin the period the establishment of sheep and goat farms at
Umuabi in Udi Local Government as well as N 1 bn for the expansion of Enugu Airport to an international status.
"I have succeeded also in moving a motion tagged the best motion in the National Assembly. That is the motion for the provision of food for Nigeria. That was moved few weeks of my assumption. I have another one for the exploration of oil deposit at Ugwuobna in Oji River Local Government and Amansiodo in Ezeagu Local Government. These are about a few things I have been able to do for my people and I hope to do more," Ndu said.
He, therefore, announced his desire to return to the Senate to enable him complete these projects he initiated and
were already in the federal budget. Ndu who reacted to the endorsement of the former Secretary to the State
Government, Chief Ike Ekweremadu, by Governor Chimaroke Nnamani for the Senatorial seat, said it would be unfair for
the governor who wants to come back in 2003 to ask another contestant torun against him. He asked the governor to
reconsider that move because “what is good for the goose is also good for the gander."
"Ike Ekweremadu said he was asked by the governor to contest and if he is doing so, then I am contesting against the governor. If the governor wants to come back, we should want to do same and it must be noted that that total period I have spent in the Senate is not up to four years," Ndu said.
He stated that he has maintained a cordial relationship with the governor since the inception of his administration
that he had no problem or conflict with the governor because he has a principle of not abusing anyone in power or
whoever is opposed to him.
Ndu who joined the Senate after he won his legal battle against Senator Hyde Onuaguluchi at the Supreme Court, said that governor Nnamani had supported him all along and wondered why he would not support his re-election to the Senate.