The Imo State Commissioner for Power, Chief Enyinna Onuegbu has paid a courtesy visit to Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, EEDC, at their office at Royce road Owerri.
Speaking at the event, the Commissioner said that Governor Hope Uzodinma deemed it necessary to create the ministry of Power to boost the economy of the State, stressing that the engine of any economy is the power sector.
According to him, Imo State has an industrial estate at Onitsha road and other economic hubs that urgently need steady power supply which according to him is the panacea for rapid economic development of the State.
The Commissioner further disclosed that Governor Uzodinma is determined to industrialize the State hence the need for improved Power Supply.
Onuegbu appealed to the management of EEDC to improve the power supply to the citizens of the State as well as address the issue of estimated bills which according to him is adversely affecting the people.
The Commissioner who harped on the importance of the services of EEDC said the creation of the ministry of Power will further bring synergy between the State Government and EEDC, and urged the staff of the company to feel free to interact with his ministry for the overall good of the state.
He however appealed to EEDC to expedite action in restoring electricity to the State Secretariat saying the huge debts owed to the company by the State Government will be streamlined for payment.
He said: “We are here to extend our hands of fellowship and to seek your assistance in actualizing the 3R programme of His Excellency, Distinguished Senator Hope Uzodinma. You have friends in the Government.
Any problem, let us know. We will help market the good works that EEDC will do to Imo people during this tenure,” Onuegbu assured. Responding, the Revenue Service Manager, Chukwuemeka Uchime commended Governor Uzodinma for creating the ministry of Power describing it as a welcome development.
Uchime equally thanked the Commissioner for finding time to pay EEDC a courtesy visit for better dialogue and Communication saying the Commissioner has started in the right direction and will do well in the new ministry.
He however regretted the challenges the company is having especially in the Transmission Sector which has made it difficult to meet the electricity needs of the State saying that transmission of electricity is the responsibility of the Federal Government.
Uchime equally stressed the difficulty in revenue collection which is a result of apathy from people on payment of electricity bills saying Government and EEDC cannot do it alone but requires the co-operation of the people.
He however disclosed that the EEDC has started metering in some parts of the State Capital to reduce the issues of estimated bills.
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