The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, is on a mission to keep the lights on in the Niger Delta.

The Commission said it had plan to generate 7,000 megawatts of electricity to improve power supply and boost economic activities in the region.

The Managing Director of the NDDC, Mr Nsima Ekere, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Akure that the project was at the design stage and the commission had received encouragement from Exim Bank in United States for it.

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“The Niger Delta power pool project is conceived to generate 7,000 megawatts of electricity.

“We are still at the design stage and interestingly, we have received a lot of encouragement from the US Exim Bank,” he said.

According to Ekere, the commission is prepared to focus its activities on projects that will engender sustainable and comprehensive economic and social integration of the region in line with its core mandate.

He said that the execution of a Niger Delta regional power pool project would support the development of dedicated industrial clusters and promote the right climate for businesses in the region.

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“Power remains central to economic development.

"The success of our collective mandate to develop the Niger Delta depends on how much we are able to make the region the hub of socio-economic activities and tourism in Nigeria,” Ekere added.

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