The Minister of State, Power, Goddy Jedy Agba,, says the administration of President Muhammadu has provided an improved Urban and Rural supply of electricity across the country, in response to the policy trust of creating employment through improved supply of electricity for artisans.
Those to benefit from this gesture include welders, mechanics, factories, industries, small and medium scale enterprises and institutions of higher learning.
According to a statement made available to journalists by the Special Assistant to the Minister on Media and Communications Strategy, Mr. Ofem Uket, the Hon. Minister declared that in Cross River State, there was no electricity in Bekwara Local Government for six years, but today the area is enjoying steady supply of electricity in Calabar despite these areas being far away from the National Grid are being provided with the solar mini Grid electricity.
He said currently, a solar mini Grid project is ongoing at the Bottom Hill of the Obudu Ranching Resorts with the intention of providing electricity to the people of Bottom Hill, Agbakoko, Belinge, and Amana. These are places linking up the great tourists attractions in the Obudu Ranching Resorts.
The Minister has also concluded arrangements with the Japanese Consortium, JAICA, for the electrification of the Utanga and the Ranch, the Japanese have already dropped the relevant work materials on site but cannot commence work due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
As a result of the improved electricity the Honourable Minister ensured that the bore hole projects in Ukeme, Yache, and Gabu were completed. Similarly,the bore hole in Utugwang and water supply in Ukwel, Obudu, all in Cross River state are some of the numerous projects occasioned by the improved electricity, meant to enhance better living condition of the people, he added.
He noted that less than two years in office as Minister of State, Power, the Nation has recorded successes in the power sector through major interventions. Some of the benefiting states so far, include Lagos, Oyo, Osun. Edo , Ebonyi, Benue, Kano, Kaduna, Bauchi, Niger and satellite towns within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).