- Constant electricity in Akwa Ibom state is still top of the agenda of the Udom Emmanuel administration
- The governor has reiterated his commitment to ensuring that Akwa Ibomites enjoy 24 hours electricity supply
- To achieve this, the government is planning to build a new step-down power substation to boost the power supply in the state
Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom has announced that his administration will build a new step-down power station in the state before leaving office in 2023.
The governor made the announcement on Friday, April 23 while performing the official opening of a radio station in the state, Redemption FM (101.5).
The governor also announced the readiness of his administration to unbundle Abak-Ika-Etim Ekpo electricity line to improve power supply for consumers, while cautioning the people of the area to desist from vandalism on electrical installations.
A statement sent to Legit.ng by the Akwa Ibom state governor quoted him as saying:
“Before we leave office, we should build a step-down substation in Etim Ekpo so that we can separate these lines so as to provide better power supply to consumers.”
Meanwhile, the managing director of Ibom Power Company Limited and senior special assistant on power to the Akwa Ibom state governor, Engr. Meyen Etukudo has said that its power station did not suffer a breakdown.
Etukudo was reacting to a statement made by the minister of power, Saleh Mamman who recently announced that the Sapele, Afam, Olonrunsogo, Omotosho, Ibom, Egbin, Alaoji, and Ihovbor power plants suffered a breakdown, hence the recent frequent power outages in parts of the country.
Etukudo, however, said the plant was shut down for scheduled maintenance known as Major Inspection, wadding that it was being done on the 115 megawatts unit 3 of the Ibom power plant.
Recall that Governor Emmanuel had declared that his administration is committed to achieving 24 hours electricity supply for every household in the state by the end of the year 2021.
According to the governor, the availability of electricity should be a matter of right of every resident in the state.