Port Harcourt — Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, has cautioned indigenes and residents of the state to desist from vandalizing electricity installations.
Governor Udom who particularly lamented the high rates of vandalism along the Abak-Ika-Etim Ekpo high tension lines, regretted that funds invested into electricity in the area have not yielded desired results due to activities of vandals.
To this end, the Governor announced the readiness of his administration to build a substation to unbundle Abak-Ika-Etim Ekpo electricity line, in order to improve power supply for consumers in the three Local Government Areas.
Governor Udom speaking at the official opening of a religious radio station, Redemption 101.5 FM in Abak LGA of the State, said any act of vandalism on any high-tension line in the area, affects the three LGAs, hence the need to unbundle the line.
He also directed that Abak should be included as one of the beneficiaries of the World Bank solar power programme for communities in the state.
“Not that we don’t put money in this line but when we put money in this line, the rate of vandalism in this area is one of the highest in the state and unfortunately, Abak line takes straight from Abak to Ika and Etim Ekpo.
“So if people in Ika or Etim Ekpo vandalize their high tension, it will affect Abak immediately,” the Governor said.
He congratulated the Chairman and Chief Executive of Redemption FM, Professor Ahaziah Umanah, for nurturing the vision of the radio station, and urged the media in the state to serve as a vehicle for propagation of positive lifestyles.
The proprietor of the station, Professor Ahaziah Umanah, said the vision of the radio station was conceived since 1995.
Umanah said National Broadcasting Commission gave approval for the radio station in July 2015, but due to some constraints, test broadcast could not begin until November 2020.