The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel said the Independent Power Plant (IPP) in the state is generating more than 150 megawatts of electricity in Nigeria.
The governor disclosed this at a media interaction to mark the 29 anniversary of the creation of the state.
He said that some communities in the state are now enjoying electricity for 18 to 20 hours daily.
In his words, “I am the only governor in Nigeria who generates more than 150 megawatts of electricity.
He added, “And you can check; there are some communities where the rate of vandalism is low; they enjoy electricity on the average of 18 hours to 20 hours daily.”
Emmanuel, however, lamented the spate of vandalism of electricity installations in the state.
He said that the state government had deployed more than 600 transformers to alleviate the sufferings of the people in areas where electricity installation have been vandalized.
He also noted with concern that some hoodlums stole oil from the transformers in the communities, causing power outage.
According to him, “As we are fixing those transformers; people are trying to drain the oil. Once it reaches two to three days, the transformer will get burnt again.’’
He therefore advised the people to protect electricity installations in their communities against vandals.
The governor said that the state government was building a second power turbine to supply five local government areas along coastal areas with electricity.
He said, “We have started the second turbine of Ibom Power Plant that will give us 24 hours every day.
He further said that state government was planning to build two sub-stations in Uyo in order to improve electricity supply in the state capital.
Emmanuel further disclosed that the electric metering factory in Onna Local Government Area of the state would begin production in January 2017.