452 transformers have been released to 268 rural communities in Akwa Ibom State in furtherance of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s Power for All Initiative.
The Governor’s Senior Special Assistant on Power, Engr Meyen Etokudoh made the disclosure while briefing newsmen in Uyo.
He said Governor Emmanuel’s plan is to make sure all the 265 villages, representing 12 percent of the 2274 villagesin the state, not connected to the national grid are connected before the December 2021 target of the Initiative.
Engr Etokudoh who is also the Managing Director of Ibom Power Company, said the 216 of the transformers were from the stock of the Ministry of Rural Development, 50 from the Interministerial Direct Labour Coordinating Committee and 186 from the State Power sector office.
Governor Udom had two months ago directed affected villages to link up with the Ministry of Rural Development for possible connection.
” The Governor gave them a marching order two months ago and told the Ministry of Rural Development to connect them immediately.”
He, however, regretted that the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, PHEDC, has never provided any transformer to any community, both rural and Urban, in the state since 2013. He said the attitude has made government to spend much on electrification projects.
He adviced the benefiting communities to guard the equipment jealousy against vandals and saboteurs.