Babatunde Fashola, Governor Udom Emmanuel, Power, Electricity, Akwa Ibom

Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom state says that his administration’s investments in the power sector development are indicative of his zeal to enhance electricity development in the state.

He said his administration has so far completed an injection power station along Edet Akpan Avenue in the heart of the capital city, and has just completed a substation at the airport which had hitherto been on 24hours of generating plant energy.

State Chief Executive spoke when he received in audience the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola in his office. He revealed 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.

“I know today, when you are talking about power and the efforts of the state governments in this country, I think we will rank Number 1,” said the governor who stressed the need for two more substations in Uyo to actually tackle the power problem in the city.

He appealed to the Minister for approval of a 90MV transformer lying idly in the region, saying it will help in providing uninterrupted power supply in at least six Local Governments of the state.

“With that alone, honestly I can give power to at least 6 local government areas on a 24/7 basis because what we are generating, we are not evacuating, we can consume and I really want to believe, we want to create a little bit of an industrial hub around the Ikot Abasi Area where we have the Akwa Ibom Power station.”

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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.

The Governor commended the Minister for bringing the 2018 Power Summit to the state, saying it was an indication that he was ready to partner the state to succeed.

Earlier, Mr Fashola had 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 remit of my ministry.”