Written by COMFORT 95.1FM on March 12, 2018
Governor Udom Emmanuel says his administration’s investments in the power sector development are indicative of his zeal to enhance electricity development in the state.
Mr Emmanuel made this known yesterday when he received the Minister of Power, Works and Housing Mr. Babatunde Fashola, in Government House, Uyo.
The Governor said his administration has so far completed an injection power station along Edet Akpan Avenue in the heart of the capital city and a substation at the airport which had hitherto been on twenty four hours on generating plant energy.
He announced that several major institutions in the state such as the Airport, Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort, Sheraton Hotel in Ikot Ekpene, had no link to public power supply, saying he was actively trying to get those places connected.
Mr Emmanuel said the state-owned Ibom Power Plant is generating over 115 megawatts everyday, but lamented that the power of evacuation resides with the distribution company.
He called for the establishment of two more substations in Uyo to tackle the power problem in the city even as he made a case for approval of a 90MV transformer to help in providing uninterrupted power supply in at least six Local Governments of the state.
Mr Fashola thanked the state government and people of Akwa Ibom for the unwavering efforts towards helping to improve the economy of the state and by extension the country.
He pledged on behalf of the President and the Federal Government to give continued support to power development in state, by providing the Infrastructure in terms of power, roads and Housing within the limit of available resources.
The Minister announced that the recently damaged substation transformer at Afaha Ube, Itam is being replaced, with the capacity raised from 120MVA to 180MVA adding that approval of refunds for the substation executed by the state government has been granted.