Governor Udom Emmanuel has completed a 33 by 11KV, 2X15 MVA electricity injection sub station with an assurance that his vision of industrializing Akwa Ibom state is on course.
The Governor who spoke shortly before the commissioning of the power station by the Senate Minority leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, said, “I said that our duty will be to put Akwa Ibom State in full industrialization. You cannot talk about industrialization if you don’t give power to the people, you must create an enabling environment.”
Mr. Emmanuel said his administration started by restoring power in some parts of Ini and Okobo Local Government Areas where there was no light for several years, and added that Ikot Abasi which main town will soon be visited with light.
He said the power station in Uyo was his efforts at improving power supply in the state capital, maintaining that people in the area connected to the line have already attested to the longer periods of power supply every day.
He said that the second power station located at Ekim in Mkpat Enin will be commissioned in few weeks and will enable the stability of power supply in five Local Government Areas.
“We are working seriously on that, and with the support of the board of Ibom Power Company, we can commission that project as part of our state’s 30th anniversary so that those five Local Government Areas can enjoy uninterrupted power supply.”
The Governor re-iterated his desire to complete the Ibom deep seaport project that will give birth to bigger industrial mega parks in Mbo, “throughout that shoreline, that should be able to transform our state completely to an industrialized state for investors.”
He said Ikot Abasi oil free trade zone where an Industrial park and jetty are currently being developed, has been marked by the Oil and Gas Free Trade Zone Authority, and announced plans to create an enabling environment for some development partners to commence a clay refinery in the state.
Speaking, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Power and Chairman of Ibom Power Company, Engr. Mmeyene Etukudo said the station is the most modern 2 by 15 MVA Substation, while the Clan head of Offot Etebom Sylvanus Okon and the Chairman of Uyo Transition Committee, Barr. Mfon Ben thanked the Governor for making Uyo a business hub with the power station and confirmed that residents in the metropolis are now better off with the longer hours without blackout.