Marketing and advertising expert Jude Emecheta called for the expansion of the power supply structure in Nigeria to enable the industrial sector to develop in the southeast of the country.
Mr Emecheta, who is the managing director of the Anambra Signage and Advertising Agency (ANSAA), said this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) in Awka on Friday.
He said electricity, which depends on the national electricity grid, is the bane of industrialization in the southeast, noting that efforts should be made to increase supply and explore other energy options.
He said every industrial activity in the region, especially in Anambra, was the product of individual efforts, adding that the energy shortage and the high cost of running factories had resulted in a high number of shutdowns.
Mr Emecheta urged the federal government to run a nationwide gas supply network that should allow users access for industrial purposes.
He wonders why the energy that should have been obtained from coal in Enugu state was dying when the ore was still a major source of energy in most advanced countries.
According to him, “the cost of production here is very high, which is why those that exist are being closed.”
“We advocate the liberalization of gas distribution so that they don’t just go through Anambra in Lagos, they should be sold here so that our factories can buy and power their operations.
“Even if we produce electricity through an independent power project, we cannot use it because of the law in force, it must be fed into the national grid where we will in turn be supplied.
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“Until we are able to have sufficient electricity supply, industrialization in the Southeast region will remain stifled.
“Enugu would have done better in terms of industrialization, but investors are held back by power issues.
“There is a coal deposit in Enugu but as Western countries use it they say we shouldn’t, claiming it depletes the ozone layer and causes a greenhouse effect,” he said. declared.
Mr Emecheta said the advertising industry was not as successful as in Lagos State and other industrialized cities due to the low activity in the real sector resulting in lost revenue for the governments of the States.
He commended the Anambra State government for establishing the Anambra State Investment Promotion and Protection Agency, a one-stop-shop that facilitates land acquisition and business registration. in the state.
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