Imo State to Experience Improved Power Supply – Special Adviser, Power
The Executive Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma has assured the people of Imo State that they would experience huge improvements in their daily power supply.
According to the Special Adviser to the Governor on Power and Energy, Mr Sam Chuks Nwaire, the state government has concluded discussions with the Federal Ministry of Power, Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, and other relevant authorities to restart the construction of two 330kV transmission lines that would upgrade the bulk power supply into Imo State.
The two 330kV lines would be coming into Imo State from Alaoji, Rivers State to Egbu, Owerri Transmission Substation in Imo State and 330kV DC line from Onitsha, Anambra State through Ihaila to Orlu, Imo State.
Imo State is currently being bulk fed by only one 132kV line from Alaoji into Egbu, Owerri Transmission Substation which is inadequate to feed the increasing population of the state fondly described as the Eastern Heartland, formerly Land of Hope.
It will be recalled that the Minister of Power, Mr Sale Mamman met with several contractors handling outstanding power projects with a view to returning to sites and completing the projects aimed providing more power to the people. The Minister had in July met with contractors handling power projects in Mbalano, Okigwe and Ohafia all in the South East Region.
Nwaire also stated that due to some positive engagements with Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, EEDC, and renovation of local networks, power supply to several households in Owerri metropolis has increased to the range of 15 to 20 hours daily. These improvements, he assured, would be taken to other urban centers of the state.
Discussions, the Special Adviser added, were on-going with the Management of Federal Rural Electrification Agency, REA, for the deployment of solar energy facilities (off Grid Solution) to provide 24 hours power to the people especially in the rural communities.