Akwa Ibom State Governor Mr Udom Emmanuel, has called on the Federal Government to speed up the development of infrastructure that would facilitate the distribution of electricity in the country. Governor Emmanuel made the call when the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Alhaji Babatunde Fashola, called on him at Government House, Uyo.
He pointed out that the Ibom Independent Power Plant has generated enough power and is awaiting evacuation by the Distribution companies. Governor Emmanuel expressed delight at the assurances by the Honourable Minister that the Federal Government is working out modalities for reimbursement of funds expended on federal assets, saying that his administration would use the funds judiciously in the development of infrastructures.
The Governor particularly lauded the Minister’s commitment to ensure that the various electricity sub-stations are not only completed but energised and spoke glowingly on the Minister’s versatility in his handling of power and other sectors within his portfolio.
Earlier, the Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Alhaji Babatunde Fashola, said his visit to the state was to work out ways for the completion of the power distribution sub-station at Ikot Ekpene and Itu Local Government Areas. Alhaji Fashola assured that the power sector has been repositioned to enhance steady supply of electricity in the country.
He used the occasion to commend Akwa Ibom State Government for its investment in the power generation plant and intervention in the rehabilitation of federal roads assuring that efforts have been put in place for the reimbursement of the funds expended by the state on federal assets.