The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, said that the Ikot Ekpene 330KV power switching station in Akwa Ibom State would boost electricity supply in Nigeria.
Fashola disclosed this when he inaugurated the station at Ikot Inyang village in Ikot Ekpene local government area of Akwa Ibom State.
According to him, the station was expected to evacuate electricity from power plants in Alaoji, Afam, Calabar and Ikot Abasi and route same to Ugwuaji in Enugu up to Jos.
This development he said would solve the problem of stranded power as the generating plants would have their power evacuated with ease.
The minister explained that though the project was faced with numerous challenges but for the intervention of the National Assembly, which resolved the contending issues for the completion of the project.
In his remarks, Akwa Ibom State governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, said the event marked a significant turning point in the march toward a new dawn in both power infrastructural renaissance and industrial revolution.