- Declares war on vandals
GOVERNOR Willie Obiano has inaugurated two power substations in Awka. While inaugurating the stations, Obiano expressed optimism that the new stations would deliver over 18 hours of power to the state capital.
The two substations included the upgraded Agu-Awka Injection substation 1x15MA/1×7.5 MVA, as well as the newly constructed 1×7.5MVA Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS) injection substation.
According to the governor, “we have been assisting the Enugu Electrical Distribution Company (EEDC) because without electricity, the state will not develop. We are making sure that our people have enough power to enable them do their work.
On vandalisation of EEDC equipment, Obiano said, “we cannot afford to tolerate any form of vandalism especially with this project. We have invested over N1.2 billion to improve electricity in the state. So far, 11 people have been imprisoned. We have taskforce monitoring activities of such hoodlums across the 179 communities in the state, and we will not relent in dealing ruthlessly with those found guilt. We have also directed the physical planning board to pull down buildings constructed under high tension.
Managing Director/CEO, EEDC, Okey Nwosu in his speech, said the gesture became important to improve electricity supply in the state.
According to Nwosu, the newly inaugurated substation has two feeder pillars, one in Okpuno and the other at the state secretariat.
“We are doing everything possible in our power to improve steady electricity supply in Awka through increasing the capacity. Am happy with the progress made so far in Anambra. The task is on all of us to fight vandalisation.
“Among the 24 communities to benefit from the transformers included: Nibo, Mgbakwu, Ebenebe, Isuaniocha, Nkwelle, Amanuke, UNIZIK, Agu-Awka, Ifite, among others, the EEDC boss listed.”
Commissioner for Public Utilities, Obi Nwankwu in his address, thanked the state government for its intervention in the power sector, noting that the state is the highest in terms of revenue generation to EEDC in the south east.
Traditional ruler of Mgbaukwu, Igwe Peter Angwu, who commended Obiano on his giant strides in the state, urged EEDC to tackle cases of estimated bills while calling on ndi-Anambra to cooperate with EEDC through paying their bills.
Head of communications, EEDC, Emeka Eze in an interview with journalist explained that the initiative was targeted at industrial customers within the clusters.
“We have been enjoying the collaboration with Anambra State Government. There is no doubt that these two projects will increase the availability of electricity precisely in Awka with nothing less than 18 hours. However, we need the support of customers to sustain this promise.
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