. . . explores avenues of achieving constant power supply for residents

. . . as PHCN boss applauds Gov. Emmanuel’s power sector investments

The Akwa Ibom State Government shall not rest on its oars until every part of the state enjoys constant power supply in line with the power for all initiative of the Udom Emmanuel led administration.

To this end, Government is determined to put a stop to vandalization, energy theft, and other vices capable of thwarting the massive investments of the State Government in the power sector such as construction of power sub-stations in different parts of the state/modernization of existing ones to meet present day energy needs, installation of new transmission lines and replacement of broken down ones, provision of transformers to communities yet to be connected to the power grid, replacement of broken down transformers as well as servicing and maintenance services, making it possible for Ibom Power Plant to function at optimal capacity, to mention a few.

This resolve was made known by the Hon. Commissioner for Power and Petroleum Development, Dr. John James Etim during a stakeholder parley between his ministry and officials of Port Harcourt Electricity Development Company, PHEDC on Wednesday 10th August, 2022 at the ministry’s headquarters located at Udo Udoma Avenue, Uyo.

“His Excellency the Governor is committed to the power for all initiative and has tasked us to ensure that every Akwa ibom resident enjoys steady power supply. In order to fulfill that objective, we must identify the factors mitigating against it and proffer solutions to them hence this meeting. Therefore, energy theft, vandalization, non-payment of bills, and so on must be totally eradicated for us to achieve this objective,” he said.

Speaking, the PHEDC Regional Head, Engr. Blessing Ogbe applauded HE Mr. Udom Emmanuel for the provision of electricity infrastructures in the state, calling on other states to borrow a leaf from Akwa Ibom.

He further expressed his company’s readiness to partner with government and is optimistic that with such partnership, cluster billing, energy theft, vandalization and other vices will be nipped in the bud.

The meeting was attended by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power and Petroleum Development, Dr. Mrs. Valarie Obot, Directors of the ministry, while the PHEDC Regional Head, Engr. Blessing Ogbe led the team from the company comprising of the Product Manager, Mr. Anthony Etim, Regional Network Manager, Engr Onyia, and Idongesit Essien, a Product Manager as well.

In her remarks, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry charged PHEDC to improve power supply to the state, tackle energy theft, vandalization, and urged communities to take it upon themselves to secure power infrastructure located in their domain.