Maiduguri, September 9, 2023 – The North East Governors Forum (NEGF) has announced its deliberation on the establishment of an independent power generation company to meet the electricity demands of the region’s populace. The proposal was disclosed by NEGF chairman and Borno State Governor Babagana Umara Zulum during the inauguration of the forum’s 8th meeting in Maiduguri.
In addition to the ambitious power generation initiative, Governor Zulum revealed that the forum is also exploring the development of a railway transportation system that would interconnect states within the North East, streamlining the movement of goods and services across the region.
Governor Zulum emphasized the significance of these initiatives in light of recent amendments to Nigeria’s Constitution, which shifted the jurisdiction of power generation and railway transportation from the exclusive list to the concurrent list. He stated, “It is therefore important for us in the North East to collaborate towards establishing an autonomous power supply and rail transportation infrastructure.”
The North East Governors Forum serves as a platform for discussing and addressing challenges that impact the region, with its last meeting held in Gombe State last year. The 8th meeting is currently attended by governors from Adamawa, Borno, Bauchi, and Yobe, while the governors of Taraba and Gombe are represented by their deputies. These discussions mark a significant step toward enhancing infrastructure and addressing energy needs in the Northeast region of Nigeria.