Akwa Ibom retools military, communities with homes, transformers
Governor Udom Emmanuel has commissioned 168 reconstructed homes at 6 Battalion, Wellington Bassey Barracks, Ibagwa in Akwa Ibom State. Speaking yesterday at the event to mark Nigeria’s 60th anniversary, he noted that as a responsible federating unit, his administration would keep supporting federal institutions in the state.
Responding on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Commander, 2 Brigade, Brig.-Gen. F.U Mijinyawa, thanked the governor for the gesture. The Commissioner for Housing, Raphael Bassey, said standards were strictly observed in the entire project.
MEANWHILE, Ibom Power has released 452 transformers to supply electricity to all rural communities in the state.
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Power Sector and Managing Director of the establishment, Meyen Etukudoh, stated that the facilities were donated in line with his principal’s Power for All initiative to light up all settlements in the 31 councils of the state.
He said the Ministry of Rural Development released 216 transformers, 50 of which came from the Inter-Ministerial Direct Labour, while 186 were from the power sector.
Etukudoh explained that the governor gave the directive in August for all the communities to get electricity through the Ministry of Rural Development, disclosing that 12 per cent out of the 2,274 villages in Akwa Ibom were not connected to the National Grid.
He lamented that the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company’s (PHEDC) failure to supply transformers to Akwa Ibom State since 2013 had caused the government to spend heavily on electricity.
He added that Governor Emmanuel had spent huge sums of money in building the Ekim Power Substation, which was supposed to be PHEDC’s responsibility.
The governor’s aide, however, cautioned the communities to guard the equipment against vandals to achieve the state government’s Power For All Initiative.