Rivers state targets stable electricity supply this year

*20-hours power supply per day in March

16 February 2013, Port Harcourt – Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Rotimi Ameachi has said that his administration would achieve providing 24-hours uninterrupted power supply to the state, and promised that a minimum of 20-hours power supply daily would be achieved by March 2013.

Ameachi said this while conducting members of the National Good Governance Tour (NGGT) team led by the Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku to the 252megawatts Omoku gas turbine, one of the Federal Government projects under National Integrated Power Project (NIPP).

The governor who admitted that his government had failed in its bid to achieve uninterrupted power supply last year, said efforts were on to gear to actualise the feat by March.

The contractor handling the project, Rockson Engineering Nigeria Limited told the tour team that the plant would be ready before December 2013 if gas supply agreement was perfected.

Ameachi however dismissed the fear of difficulty in gas supply to the plant, as he said that the plant was located near AGIP petroleum facility to ensure gas supply and to keep the gas pipeline away from the reach of vandals.

The state commissioner for power, Mr. Augustine Nwokocha disclosed that progress at the Rivers State Government 150 megawatts power plant, also located at Omoku was disrupted largely due to the felling of two transmission towers along the East-West road by vandals.

He also said that a scrap market in Aba, Abia State where vandalised power transmission equipment were being sold to unsuspecting buyers had been uncovered and would soon be raided.

According to him, the market was identified following intelligence information gathered by officials of Rivers State Government whose transmission towers were vandalised and stolen parts taken to the Aba market.

“Some transmission towers were destroyed by vandals in Ndele Community of Emohua Local Government Area and at a time when the state governor, was making efforts to fulfil a promise of steady power supply to the people of the state,” he said.
*Adebiyi Adedapo, Thisday

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