By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Towards realising his policy on power for all by 2020, Governor Udom Emmanuel has ordered for immediate release of 452 Transformers for electrification of all communities in Akwa Ibom State.
Speaking to newsmen in Uyo on Thursday, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Power Sector and Managing Director of Ibom Power, Engr. Meyen Etukudoh said Governor Emmanuel’s intention is aimed at providing electricity to all villages in the state.
Etukudoh said a breakdown of the number of transformers to rural communities revealed that 216 transformers were released by Ministry of Rural Development, 50 from Inter-ministerial Direct Labour while 186 were released from Power Sector.
He said the transformers were released in line with Governor Emmanuel’s slogan “Power for All” to ensure that all villages in the 31 local government areas are connected to power .
“Governor Udom Emmanuel gave a matching order to all the gazetted villages to hook up to electricity through Ministry of Rural Development. 12 per cent representing 265 out of 2,274 villages in Akwa Ibom are not connected to National Grid.
“So, the Governor gave them a marching order two months ago and tell the Ministry of Rural Development connect them immediately,” he said.
He regretted that Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) has never brought any Transformer to Akwa Ibom since 2013 .
Etukudoh said such attitude of PHED was the reason government spent much on electricity as the Distribution Company has not lived up to their statutory responsibilities.
He said governor Emmanuel has spent huge amount of money to build Ekim power sub station which supposed to be the responsibility of PHEDC as provided by the terms of their engagement.
He warned the benefitting communities to guard the equipment jealously against thieves and vandals in their various communities to achieve “power for all ” as planned by the state government.