Sooner than later, both the epileptic and non-supply of power by the power suppliers in Imo would become a thing of the past as the Imo State Government in collaboration with the Ministry of Power has put every mercenary in place to dialogue with the suppliers on the best way to ensure steady supply of power in the state.
Imo State government will have an interface with Power Suppliers in the State to ascertain the level of Power generation and distribution to the people.
This was disclosed by the Commissioner for Power, Chief Enyinna Onuegbu during a live phone-in programme at Oziza FM Owerri.
According to the Commissioner, the quantity of power especially electricity been given to Imo people is so meager and unacceptable hence the need to reach out to the power suppliers to discuss ways of improving the situation.
Onuegbu who described the power sector as vital for the development of the State’s economy said the government of Governor Hope Uzodinma has placed the issue of power generation and suppliers in high priority as such the creation of the Power Ministry in line with the Federal Government objectives of creating the same ministry at the Federal level.
He said the economic hub in the state especially the government earmarked industrial layout at Onitsha road, the Naze industrial cluster, prominent higher institutions in the state, etc requires adequate power supply to optimize their potentials, saying these areas are densely populated and will generate enormous revenue for the power suppliers.
Onuegbu who described Imo State as the largest gas deposit in the country further disclosed that the state government is exploiting ways to build gas plants in collaboration with oil companies in the state saying when this objective is achieved, Imo people will have alternative choice in power as gas is cheaper than electricity.
On his blueprint for the newly created Power Ministry, Onuegbu said his ministry will liaise with major stakeholders in the communities to identify communities that are yet to have electricity and seek ways of assisting them saying the goodwill that providing electricity to the people will bring to the present government will be enormous.
He described power as the mainstay of most rural dwellers stating that by the time his ministry starts its stated goals; most communities in the State will have cause to thank the present government.
On estimated bills by the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, EEDC, the Commissioner said he will visit the management to discuss the issue especially why Imo State has not enjoyed the pre-metering like other states in the country.
The callers who paid glowing tribute to the commissioner’s commitment and steadfastness in his previous post urged him to put the same zeal in the power ministry as according to them this is one area previous administrations have failed while volunteering to assist him in his new office.
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