The Governor of Enugu State, Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has pledged to support the construction of the first solar powered estate being built by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Cooperative in partnership with Geometrix Homes and Estates Limited, in Enugu.
The Governor made the pledge when the National Executive Committee of the CBN Cooperative led by its president, Isa Aminu Buhari and the Management of Geometrix Homes and Estates Limited paid a courtesy call on him at the Government House.
While briefing the Governor, Isa Aminu Buhari said that the project, which is one of the first set to be built across the states with their partner Geometrix Homes and Estates Limited, is intended to be environmentally friendly and will solve the perennial energy problem which afflicts most homes in Nigeria as a result of fossil fuel powered energy.
The solar city project is situated at the reserved section of the Emene Industrial Layout. It is the second of a series of solar powered estates to be developed across the country by the CBN Cooperative in partnership with Geometrix Homes and Estates Limited.
The proposed estate comprises of over 170 plots sitting on a land area of over 14 hectares. It will be a fenced and gated neighborhood with Asphalted Streets, good drainage and well landscaped lawns. Other facilities such as internet backbone, security and cleaning services, etc will be provided. All the Houses within the Estate will be powered by solar energy along with street lights.
Aminu Buhari highlighted the details of the estate, saying that the project plan includes the construction of an 18km State government road from Innoson Junction along Abakiliki Road to the estate site that will equally be provided with solar street lights.
He thanked the governor for his laudable developmental projects especially in the area of infrastructural development and housing which has enabled the state to be an investment destination in the South East.
He enjoined the Governor to use his good offices to provide an enabling environment for the smooth take off of the project especially in the area of statutory approvals, security and inter- agency corporation.
In his own remarks at the occasion, the CEO/MD of Geometrix Homes and Estates Ltd., Arc. Uche Uche said they were in the state to help develop and beautify the state capital, Enugu.
He said that the concept of powering an estate with solar energy was coming to Enugu state for the first time and hope that it will usher in a new era of eco-friendly and sustainable dwelling concepts within the state even as he promised to deliver the project with quality materials and within the specified period.
In his response, the governor thanked the CBN Cooperative Society and the management of Geometrix Homes and Estates Limited for sitting such an innovative and strategic project in Enugu. He said it will serve as a catalyst for infrastructural development and enhance standard of living. He promised that the project will receive Maximum Corporation from his government. He also expressed his willingness to attend the foundation laying ceremony and flag off that will take place by the first week of June. [myad]