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Tinubu Unveils $800m Geometric Power Plant Aba. Extoles Gov. Otti



Cheers as the plant is switched on

Excited staff


President Bola Tinubu has inaugurated the historic Geometric Integrated Power Project, Nigeria’s first autonomous power plant, which will provide uninterrupted power to Aba and its surrounding areas in Abia State.

President Tinubu, represented by Vice President Kashim Shettima, described Geometric Power as a game-changing project and praised Abia State Governor Dr. Alex Otti, OFR, for his leadership abilities and what he is doing in Abia State, emphasising the importance of leadership in development.

According to Kazie Uko, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Tinubu stated, “Today in Aba, we saw testimony to good leadership. I witnessed an outpouring of emotion, love, and support for Dr. Alex Otti.

“I was honoured to commission the hospital (Queen’s) Road, Jubilee Road, and Umuoba Road on behalf of President Ahmed Tinubu.

“Your Excellency, posterity will be kind to you. Keep the flag flying. Keep up the good work,” a visibly moved Vice President Shettima prayed.


The Geometric Integrated Power Project is a 141 Megawatt, expandable to 188 Megawatt, power generation, transmission, and distribution facility designed to provide uninterrupted power to businesses and households in nine local government areas of Abia State within the Aba ring-fenced area.

Speaking at the commissioning ceremony on Monday at the facility in Osisioma, Aba, President Tinubu said the project demonstrated the power of dreams and the fact that where there was a will, there was always a way.

He stated that the Presidency was proud of Professor Barth Nnaji, Chairman of the Geometric Power project, for successfully bringing the plant to life despite the numerous challenges he faced over the course of the project’s 20-year development.

In his speech titled “The Power to Dream,” Abia State Governor Dr. Alex Otti stated that the power project has great potential for the economic and social revitalization of Aba as a preferred destination for business.

Governor Otti recalled how, in 2010, Prof. Nnaji approached him and informed him of the project’s funding challenges. Going down memory lane, the Governor remembered:


“Ladies and gentlemen, please allow me to tell Geometric my story. Prof. Barth Nnaji paid me a visit in 2010, when I was the Executive Director of First Bank in Lagos. He needed the bank’s assistance to complete the project, which had been unfortunately halted two years prior by the bank that had initiated it. This bank happened to be called Diamond Bank. After receiving approval from First Bank of Nigeria for a $85 million facility, Geometric Power was unable to draw on it because it had become public knowledge that I would be returning as Group Managing Director of Diamond Bank shortly.

“When I returned to Diamond on March 1, 2011, I assembled a team to oversee the restructuring of the challenged facility and resumed funding for the project until it was completed. By the time I left Diamond in late 2014, the three General Electric turbines and the 27-kilometer gas pipeline had been installed. A variety of factors, including an ownership dispute over the Aba ring fence, the sale of the oil block where the feed gas was to come from to a new investor, and additional funding challenges, conspired to delay project delivery for nearly ten years.

“When I took office on May 29, 2023, my team and I quickly folded our sleeves and began working with Geometric to resolve the gas supply problem by directly interacting with NNPC’s top management, and we now have gas flowing to the turbines. As stated in Romans 8:28, “all things work together for good to those who love God.” I am thus pleased that 14 years later, God orchestrated everything so that the final resolution of all issues and the firing of the turbines would occur when He handed over the mantle of stewardship to me. “May His name be glorified!”

Governor Otti declared that Aba is critical to Nigeria’s and West Africa’s economic trajectory, and he urged Geometric and its customers to fulfil their mutual obligations in order for the company to achieve its goal of providing reliable power supply to the people of Aba.

“As a private sector leader many years ago, and now as the Governor of the State, I regard the Geometric Integrated Power Project as very special and dear to my heart because of the enormous potential it holds for the economic and social rejuvenation of Aba as a preferred destination for enterprise growth, family life, and leisure.


“This city is very pivotal to the economic trajectory of Nigeria and the West African region, and I knew for a fact that if we got the fundamentals right, Aba would not only be a city that makes millionaires out of dreamers, but it would also become a land of solutions to the many socioeconomic problems that assail us, including a concerning level of youth unemployment and widespread poverty,” the Governor stated.

While advising community leaders to avoid vandalism of critical supply or distribution infrastructure, he warned Geometric Power’s management to avoid any form of customer extortion, no matter what the guise. He assured the company that the government would continue to support it.

In his speech, the Minister of Power, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, praised Prof. Nnaji’s commitment and stated that he was pleased that Geometric was coming on stream while he was Minister, and expressed hope that Nigeria’s long-standing power problem would be resolved during his tenure.

The Minister, who stated that the Federal Government will monitor Geometric’s operations, urged Nigerians to maintain power facilities and report vandals.

Earlier in his address, Prof. Nnaji, Chief Executive Officer of Geometrics Power, described Geometric Power as a child of necessity, founded 20 years ago to ensure reliable electricity in Aba and its environs. He stated that the project fulfils his desire to contribute to the provision of power in the country.


Nnaji recalled his tortuous journey towards achieving the project which lasted about 20 years, and said approximately USD$800 million was invested in realising the dream. He informed that 141 Megawatts has been built.

He thanked several individuals and institutions that made the project a success, from former President Olusegun Obasanjo to President Tinubu and the President of Afreximbank, Prof Benedict Oramah, who was physically present at the commissioning.

He saluted the intervention of Governor Otti, whose support, he said, started from when he was at First Bank to now that he is the Governor of Abia State. He also appreciated previous administrations in Abia.

The event attracted many diginitaries including wife of the Governor, Mrs. Priscilla Otti, Deputy Governor, Ikechukwu Emetu; members of the National Assembly and State Assembly; Members of the State Executive Council, traditional rulers, members of the Aba business community among others.



Gov. Sule Describes ACReSAL As Beacon Of Hope For Nigeria’s Agriculture Sector



The Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL) project has been hailed as a beacon of hope for Nigeria’s agriculture sector and landscape restoration particularly in semi-arid regions like Nasarawa State.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the joint World Bank/FAO/FGN Hybrid Implementation Support Mission for the ACReSAL Project, Nasarawa State Governor, Engr. Sule Abdullahi A. Sule, represented by his deputy, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe, emphasised the significance of ACReSAL in addressing pressing challenges facing the agriculture sector.

“Nasarawa State, like every other state in the semi-arid region, experiences the adverse effects of climate change, which threatens our security and livelihoods,” said Dr. Akabe.

“Through collaborative efforts and innovative approaches like ACReSAL, we have the opportunity to build community resilience and ensure sustainable agricultural practices.”

The ACReSAL project aims to restore 1 million hectares of degraded land in Northern Nigeria, contributing significantly to the Federal Government’s commitment to restore 4 million hectares of degraded land by 2030.


This endeavour will not only help reduce the vulnerability of millions of extremely poor people in the region but also empower them to play an active role in achieving environmental sustainability.

The beauty of the ACReSAL project lies in its community-driven approach, where local communities are at the forefront of understanding, owning, protecting, and defending the project. This ensures that the project is tailored to meet the specific needs of the communities and is sustainable in the long run.

“ACReSAL embodies the spirit of partnership and cooperation, bringing together government agencies, development partners, people from academia, local communities, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), and all to find solutions to our shared environmental challenges,” he said.

Together, we will leverage the power of technology, research, and community engagement to transform our agricultural landscapes and secure a better future for generations to come. As we embark on this important project implementation journey, let us remain steadfast in our resolve, mindful of the impact of our actions, and responsive to the needs of our farmers and the community.

Let us use this opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of our people and the sustainability of our environment and make ACReSAL a beacon of hope for Nasarawa and Nigeria.


Dr. Joy Iganya Agene, Senior Environmental Specialist-World Bank Nigeria and Task Team Leader for the ACReSAL Project noted that the ACReSAL Team is in Nasarawa state for a joint World Bank, Federal Government of Nigeria, and Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations Hybrid Implementation Support Mission for the Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL) Project.

The mission aims to assess implementation activities in the 19 Northern states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) that are participating in the project, visit communities, inspect lands that have been marked for restoration, and carry out activities of the Community Revolving Fund (CRF).

She noted that Nasarawa is one of the fast-moving states in ACReSAL and would not be possible without the support of the leadership of Nasarawa state.

She disclosed that Nasarawa state will be one of the first states in the group 2 phase to qualify for phase 2 of the ACReSAL Investment.

According to her, under ACReSAL, for a state to access this investment (fund), the state will have to get some instruments in place, and this is done to check the demonstration commitment and technical capacity of the state to carry out the interventions.


This funding will cushion the impact of climate change, help build the capacity of vulnerable communities to adapt to climate change and allow water to take its natural course in Nasarawa state.

In his remarks, Mr. Abdulhamid Umar, the National Project Coordinator for the ACReSAL Project, noted that the mission is in Nasarawa state to authenticate project implementation results so far and to see concrete deliverables of the four components of the ACReSAL Project.

Mr. Precious Agbesor, a representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), commended the World Bank and the Federal Government of Nigeria for the partnership.

He noted that component B of the ACReSAL Project (Community Climate Resilience) is the heart of the project, and FAO is supporting ACReSAL under this component to restore 350,000 hectares of degraded land.

Dr. Napoleon Gyobe Elias, the Nasarawa State ACReSAL Project Coordinator, outlined state-specific activities designed to enhance adaptive capacities and promote sustainable growth in the state.

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Nigeria To Combat Cross Border Banditry Electronically, Says Minister



Minister Olubunmi Ojo

The Nigerian Government is deploying automated border management solutions across the country’s vast borders in an effort to combat cross-border banditry and irregular migration.

Dr. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, Minister of Interior, made the announcement on Thursday in Abuja after inspecting the e-border management centre and the Command and Control Centre for airport electronic gates.

The Minister stated that, while the e-Border project was over 60% completed, the e-Gates Command and Control Centre is now 100% complete and ready for President Bola Tinubu to commission. Both centres are located at the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) headquarters in Abuja.

After the inspection, the Minister told journalists: “We have come a long way in terms of border management solutions. At the moment, I believe we have completed 60 percent of the deployment because what we saw the other time concerned the air border solution, which is the Command and Control Centre and the e-Gates that we have. But we are not just talking about air borders or airports; we are also talking about land borders, which, as we all know, are more porous – both land and sea borders.

“What we are currently doing is automating the entire surveillance system in our border space in real time; we can view a large portion of our borders at this time, but I will not reveal any more information. But the simple truth is that we are automating the entire process, and I believe that by October, Phase 1 of the entire border surveillance system will have been completed, and we will be able to see kilometres away from the border before people enter Nigeria.


“There is also a solution that allows people in border areas to communicate directly in an emergency. They can report problems, and there are solutions to how we do not just ignore their reports or complaints, but also take action.

“We want to make our borders as interactive and safe as possible because, in the long run, Mr. President believes that a secure border is a secure nation. So, securing our borders is critical to securing our nation, and President Bola Tinubu’s administration is working hard to make Nigeria a safe country where people can sleep with their two eyes closed.

“But I can tell you that anyone who believes he can commit illegal acts within our border space should be prepared to face the consequences. We are renewing Nigerians’ hopes in all aspects of their lives. This is only the first phase; Phase 2 will begin shortly. We will do it in such a way that Nigeria’s entire 4,447-kilometer border is secure. A thousand-mile journey begins with one step. We have started, and we will not stop until Nigerians can sleep with their two eyes closed.”

The Minister stated that the Command and Control Centre for the e-Gates had been completed and would be commissioned soon.

He revealed: “We are waiting for Mr. President. We have already notified the president, and I am pleased that the media has seen the location and knows it is completely ready to go,” he said.


Kemi Nandap, Comptroller General of the Immigration Service, stated that the officers and men are highly motivated and are currently receiving extensive training on e-solutions.

She stated, “We are more than 60% done with border management solutions, and our officers and men are currently being trained.” “We are prepared, and our officers are highly motivated,” she said.

The CGIS explained that the border communities have been educated on how to collaborate with the service, and that the NIS has established a communication channel with the communities in order to obtain relevant information from them.

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Nigeria’s Aviation Team Visits Abia, Inspects New Airport Site As Gov Otti Announces Access Bank Partnership



The visiting federal government aviation team

In a renewed commitment to providing Abia State with a suitable airport, a federal government team from the Ministry of Aviation this week visited the state to inspect a proposed site for the planned new airport.

This comes as Abia State Governor, Dr. Alex Otti, announced that Access Bank, one of Nigeria’s leading financial institutions, has expressed a willingness to collaborate with the State Government on the airport development.

According to a press release from Kazie Uko, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, the Federal Government team was led by Dr. Emmanuel Meribeole, Permanent Secretary of, the Ministry of Aviation.
The team stated that it was in the state to ensure that the land and location approved for the project complied with regulatory requirements for airport siting.

Dr. Meribeole stated that the Federal Government is eager to complete the airport promptly, which prompted the visit of a team comprised of representatives from all of the country’s aviation agencies in charge of airport approvals and supervision to ensure compliance with required standards.

The team included aviation agencies such as the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET), the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), and the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA).


Meribeole, while acknowledging Governor Otti’s visionary leadership, stated that members of his team are experts in their respective agencies and that the Abia airport project has already been included in the 2024 Federal Appropriation Act, albeit as an airstrip.

He acknowledged that airport projects are capital intensive, but emphasised that the benefits of having an airport cannot be overstated, as they would lead to the state’s accelerated development through job creation, commerce promotion, revenue generation, and other factors.

Governor Otti, who welcomed the Federal aviation team, thanked President Bola Tinubu for approving the construction of an airstrip in Abia.

He stated that while the national budget included funding for an airstrip, the Abia State Government would collaborate with the Federal Government to expand the airstrip into a full-fledged airport, as the primary distinction between an airport and an airstrip is the length and size of the runway.

“First and foremost, I would like to thank the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for agreeing to build an airstrip in Abia and including it in the approved budget for 2024.


“Even if the money is insufficient, a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. So, we are grateful to him.

“We also want to thank my friend and brother, the Hon. Minister of Aviation, Barr. Festus Kyamo, SAN, for everything he has done to make this a reality. We are constantly on the phone, discussing and brainstorming ways to accelerate this process.

“I would like to thank you for joining us in our hurry to complete this project. Once we had reached an agreement, we began looking for suitable land, which is the most important aspect of an airport. There were a few places that were previously mapped out, but when we went for a physical inspection, we discovered that some of them did not have enough space or were not properly located for the airport.

“Another important aspect of an airport is location, so we have now narrowed it down to the location that you are currently looking at. We did more than just identify the location; we also identified the landowners because it is a large parcel of land. “We had already begun engaging with them,” Governor Otti stated.

The Governor assured the team that the State Government is ready to see the project through in record time, as the people of Abia are eager to have their airport, as the state is one of only two in Nigeria that does not have one. The other is Osun State.


“One thing you can take away from here is that the State will be in charge, and if anything is delayed, it is because it is coming from the centre; however, we are in a hurry.”

“I am personally involved in this, and I receive daily briefings. If I do not receive a briefing, I check in with them to see where we stand.

“So, this is to assure you that we are more than prepared and that you will receive everything you require in record time. And we hope that at least one airport will be built within the next year. “Once we have the runway and the terminal building, the rest will come in time,” he said.

The Federal Aviation team’s visit coincided with that of Access Bank, which was led by Mr. Roosevelt Ogbonna, Managing Director/CEO.

Governor Otti expressed Access Bank’s willingness to participate and partner with the Abia State Government on the airport project “to ensure that liquidity does not become a problem.”


According to Governor Otti, Access Bank has some experience financing airport projects, having helped deliver the Ogun State airport.

“I suggested to the CEO that the team meet with him so that we can bring them on board early enough. Our policy is not to borrow until necessary. If they had also been involved in one and delivered it, we could learn from their mistakes and build on the positive aspects,” the Governor said.


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