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IBOM POWER LAUNCHES ‘POWER BREAKFAST’ ON RADIO

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  • ‘Power Breakfast’ holds 10am every Tuesday on XL 106.9FM
  • Engr. Meyen Etukudo said the radio programme was borne out of the need to provide accurate information on power sector activities in the state.
  • Power sector was privatised on 1st of November 2013, hence, PHEDC is responsible for electricity interventions
  • The state Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has invested significantly in power infrastructure across the state
  • Even though the substation had a load capacity of 144megawatts, PHEDC only picked about 20megawatts
  • About 18 electricity poles fell because of the heavy down pour, PHEDC did nothing until state government intervened
  • Meanwhile, PHEDC collects the electricity bills
  • PHEDC needs to live up to its responsibility and begin to take power to the people

Ibom Power Company Limited has launched a weekly radio programme ‘Power Breakfast’ holding 10am every Tuesday on XL 106.9FM to provide updates on the activities of the company and the State’s power sector.

The Managing Director of Ibom power and Senior Special Assistant on Power to the Governor, Engr. Meyen Etukudo said the radio programme was borne out of the need to provide accurate information on power sector activities in the state.

“We are bombarded with complaints and all sorts of requests for transformers from several communities across the state. This ought not to be because the power sector was privatised on 1st of November 2013. It means private entities are supposed to be responsible for electricity interventions in communities but people keep making request to the state government,” he said.

The Governor’s Aide said, “Even though it is not the responsibility of the state Government to engage in electricity intervention, the state Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has invested significantly in power infrastructure across the state”. He said more than 2500 gazetted villages in the state have been connected to the gird remaining only about 250 villages yet to be connected to the grid.

“We built a 33kv/11kv, 2 x 15mva injection substation at Edet Akpan Avenue to provide steady power supply to some parts of Uyo. The State Government built that substation and had to hand it over to Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC) to manage because State Government cannot own power distribution assets since the distribution license is held by PHEDC”.

“The Governor commissioned a 132/33kv, 1 x 60mva transformer at Afaha Ube to increase the capacity of the substation from 2 x 60mva to 3 x 60mva, which increased the load capacity at the substation from 96megawatts to 144megawatts. Yet, PHEDC will not take enough load to give power to the people”

“On the day the Governor commissioned the 1 x 60mva transformer at Afaha Ube, even though the substation had a load capacity of 144megawatts, PHEDC only picked about 20megawatts. This is the sort of challenge we are having with the electricity distribution company in the state,” Engr. Etukudo said.

He spoke further that, undeterred by the challenges posed by PHEDC, the state Government constructed and commissioned the 132/33kv, 2 x 60mva substation in Ekim with 33kv dedicated lines to Onna industrial hub to provide steady power supply to the Syringe factory, Metering company, Plywood industry, Coconut refinery and Flour mills”.

“Government receives nothing from these investments except that the Governor is committed to providing steady and quality power supply to Akwa Ibom people”. All the efforts of the state Government in the power sector will not be felt by the people until PHEDC lives up to its responsibility and begins to take power to the people”.

Engr. Etukudo gave an instance whereby some months ago, “about 18 electricity poles fell because of the heavy down pour. He said several communities were cut-off from power supply for weeks. When they reached out to PHEDC, PHEDC said they needed to get poles from Port Harcourt but did nothing until the state government intervened to re-erect the poles and restored power supply to the affected communities. Meanwhile, PHEDC collects the electricity bills”.

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MICHAEL DADA

Michael Dada is the media/publicity officer at Ibom Power Company Limited. He is a graduate of Journalism from Lagos State University School of Communication. He did internship at The Nation newspaper and Voice of Nigeria. He has a Digital Marketing Master Class certificate from Wild Fusion Digital and a certificate in WordPress web design from Spring Light Technology. He holds a Competence in Writing and Speaking certificate from the School of Media and Communication, Pan Atlantic University. He has a post-graduate certificate in Advanced Writing and Reporting Skills from the School of Media and Communication. He is an associate of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations and an alumnus of Pan Atlantic University.

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