(UYO)- Akwa Ibom State government is to test-run a 24 hour electricity supply in five local councils of the state when work on a new injection sub-station at Ekim, Mkpat Enin Local Government Areas is completed by the end of the year.
Governor Udom Emmanuel made this known at the commissioning of a 33/11kv, 2/15MVA electricity injection sub-station in Uyo on Thursday.
The Governor described electricity as catalyst to industrialization, saying “our duty is to work towards the industrialization of the entire state because we cannot talk about bringing investors to partner on industrialization if you don’t provide electricity to the people.”
He said that the administration started by providing electricity at Okobo and Ini Local Government Areas of the state, and that construction of the sub-station in Ekim would be the second of the initial two by his administration to ensure a steady power supply in the state.
“By the time we finish the injection sub-station in Ekim power station, minimum of five local government areas would stand as a test – run to enjoy uninterrupted power supply,” the governor said.
He commended the cooperation of various communities in ensuring steady supply of electricity, maintaining that the aim was to showcase the state as a model in electricity supply for other parts of Africa.
He noted that the provision of adequate electricity supply would boost economic activities and projects in the oil and gas free trade zone in Ikot Abasi, and facilitate the commencement of industries in the industrial city of Mbo Local Government Area.
Chairman of Ibom Power Company, Engineer Etido Inyang commended the governor for his outstanding performance in the areas of electricity, infrastructure and human development, adding that the commissioning of the power sub-station, was in fulfillment of the governor’s promise of providing the people with improved electricity supply.
Inyang assured that the Ekim injection sub-station would become operational before December this year and expressed hope that this would end the challenge of transmission lines to enable adequate evacuation and distribution of power in some parts of the state.
The special assistant to the governor on Power and managing director of Ibom Power Company, Engineer Meyen Etukudoh said that the new injection sub-station project which starts in July last year has provided improved power to residents of most parts of Uyo and would relieve the Oron 33/11KV, 2/15 MVA substation to serve other areas in the city.
Etukudoh said that the Uyo sub-station has modern inbuilt circuits and other components for easy operations and expressed appreciation to the Governor for his determination to carry on despite initial challenge of securing location for the project.
Senate minority leader, Chief Godswill Akpabio, while commissioning the sub-station expressed optimism that the project would fast track development as well as provide employment to the people of the state.