The Imo State House of Assembly has urged the state governor, Dist Sen Hope Uzodinma, to seek an alternative source of power for the people of the state to enjoy adequate electricity so that small and medium scale businesses can grow and increase the state’s Internally Generated Revenue, IGR.
This was part of the resolutions passed by the house during the plenary session on Wednesday, May 13th. Hon Arthur Innocent Egwim, who represents Ideato North, had, in motion, called on the house to solicit with the state government led by Gov. Hope Uzodinma, to get the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, EEDC, to immediately restore electricity to the Ideato nation, especially Ideato North, which, he said, has been without electricity for about nine years. He decried the attitudes of the EEDC concern electricity distribution in Imo State, especially Ideato North, saying that he had, along with the former Deputy Speaker of the house of assembly, personally gone to the head office of the EEDC in Enugu to ensure the restoration of electricity in the area which they promised to do, but wondered why they have let him and his people down since then.
Speaking further, he revealed that he had moved motions to that effect during the 8th Assembly which led the then governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha, to release the money to EEDC for the Ideato electricity restoration project but the story has remained the same until now. He then called on Gov Hope Uzodinma to come to the aid of the people of Ideato by prevailing on EEDC to restore power supply so that small and medium scale businesses can thrive for the people to have employment and a means of livelihood.
According to him, companies like Innoson Vehicles Manufacturing, IVM, and TomTom started in Ideato North but because of lack of power supply, relocated to Nnewi in Anambra State, alleging that there may be a deliberate conspiracy by the operators of EEDC to frustrate Ideato, which has a great potential for industrialization, out of commercial activities for their own selfish gain. According to him, it is sad that Ideato, which has 63 autonomous communities and 27 INEC wards, has been without power supply for close to ten (10) years. The motion was seconded by Hon Johnson Iheanukara Duru from Ideato South.
Speaking in support of the motion, the lawmaker representing Isu State Constituency, Hon Ngozi Obiefule, said that EEDC activities in the state have shown some fraudulent intentions to exploit Imolites and extort money from them, citing an incident in Isu where the community contributed money for electrification project, bought the necessary equipment, including transformers as well as paid EEDC to install them, only for the EEDC to demand the sum of five hundred thousand naira (N500,000) from the community before they can start enjoying the light, an action she described as a complete fraud.
She, therefore, aligned herself with the motion move by Hon Egwim and urged the lawmakers to press on the governor, Hope Uzodinma, to provide for an alternative source of power supply for Imolites. The house, under the leadership of the Speaker, Chiji Collins, therefore resolved that the governor, Dist Sen Hope Uzodinma should look for an alternative source of power supply for Imolites and call on the EEDC to restore electricity in Ideato. The lawmakers also agreed to summon representatives of the EEDC for and interface on the issues of electricity supply in Imo State.