Akwa Ibom targets 24h electricity by 2021

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Gov. Udom Emmanuel during the briefing promises 24 hours electricity by 2020
Gov. Udom Emmanuel during the briefing promises 24 hours electricity by 2020

Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has said his administration is committed to achieving 24 hours electricity supply for every household in the State by the end of the year 2021.

Udom disclosed that despite the challenges of vandalism, coupled with the alarming theft of power installations, the state was determined to provide power for its 6 million population.

Gov. Emmanuel disclosed that electricity was the right of every resident of the state and that was was the state was resolved to achieve the target.

Speaking at a media briefing as part of an event marking the State’s 32nd anniversary, the governor emphasized government’s commitment to improving electricity supply as part of a deliberate plan to enhance the ease of doing business in the State.

“We are very serious about actualizing the power for all by the year 2021. My administration has invested heavily in power infrastructure but we are not getting an output that is commensurable to our investment. Despite this, we are developing a plan to ensure that the State is self-sufficient in electricity by 2021.”

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“When we came in, the Ibom power plant was not working. But, through our efforts, General Electric has rehabilitated it. We are trying to find a way around the challenge of power distribution which is exclusively handled by the federal government.”

Governor Udom Emmanuel administration has built three power sub-stations within four years. The newest of the sub-stations at Ekim, Mkpat Enin local government, was commissioned alongside a flour mill and plywood factory, by Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Saturday 21st September, during events marking the 32nd anniversary of the State.

However, Governor Emmanuel has decried alarming theft and vandalization of power installations like armored cables and transformers in different parts of the State.

“Recently, we procured about 20 transformers, but they were stolen before they even arrived at the State. The Commissioner of Police said they recovered ten of it. The had also arrested a syndicate which specializes in stealing electrical equipment and recovered another 19 transformers.”

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“It is our people who are doing this in connivance with people outside the State. We need to discourage this.”
He said his administration’s commitment to the actualization of its completion agenda is irrevocable, calling on the people of the State to avoid attaching political biases to the successes of his industrialization drive.

“When we are celebrated as we currently are, as the only State with a fully functional airline, it is not just a PDP achievement, it is an Akwa Ibom achievement. When the 18 industries that we have successfully attracted and established, help create jobs for our teeming youths and the attendant value chain, it is not just a PDP achievement, it is an enduring Akwa Ibom story.”

“The Flour mills that was commissioned by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo a few days ago is for all Akwa Ibom people.

“The Plywood and Timber Factory that was equally commissioned by the Vice President, will not only be defined as a PDP achievement, neither will the furniture industry that will benefit from this factory be used mainly by PDP members – it will be an Akwa Ibom success story. So, it will be wrong for anyone to play politics with these achievements.”

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Governor Emmanual encouraged journalists in the State to play-down on sensational political reportage but should focus on helping the government to market the investment potentials of the State.

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Updated: September 26, 2019 — 4:25 pm

13 Comments

  1. This is very good idea to set up 24hours electricity light in our country this shows there is good improvements

  2. Wow…………God will continue to bless the Promise land.
    Up Akwaibomites!!!! One Love

  3. Akwa Ibom state governor has been up and doing to provide the citizen of the state with the dividends of democracy. kudos to him but I know all Nigeria state can do so but because of there thief dey will not do it.

  4. am glad to hear this ,I respect you sir my governor, may you live long to accomplish your good work here in akwa ibom state thank you sir

  5. Akwa ibom ayayan we go enter motor, to even come out and say such we are proud and happy with you mr udom emmanual

  6. Akwa Ibom state governor has been up and doing to provide the citizen of the state with the dividends of democracy. kudos to him

  7. That will be a great Come true in Akwa ibom state my home state.

  8. I think this will be very great if akwa ibom can have stable electricity for 24hrs and other state should learn from this

  9. Until then I don’t have to say anything now. This is because our leaders have failed this Nation a great deal.

  10. Congratulations to Akwa Ibom for 24hours electricity, Oyo is also expecting this to happen.

  11. I won’t be surprised if it is achieved, Akwa Ibom has the most trusted government

  12. In Nigeria here? When God said he will make anything possible for us if we didn’t change our aptitude.

    1. This will be the best thing that will happen to a state in Nigeria and having 24 hours electricity in Nigeria it boost the economic activities of the state and revenue generation.

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