ANAMBRA SPENDS N1.8 B TO REVIVE NNEWI INCESSANT POWER FAILURES
By John Ndu
Nnewi, 14, 2017-- Anambra State Government has spent N1.8 billion in restoring power supply in Nnewi North and South.
The age-long power failure had crippled business activities in the area as several companies had gone moribund.
Gov. Obiano said this while inaugurating a 36kva dual transmission line at Nnewi North Local Government Area (LGA).
The line was drawn from Awada injection substation to Nnewi North and South, Ekwusigo and Idemili LGAs, covering about 30 communities.
Speaking at the event, Gov. Willie Obiano explained that the upgrade of the line from 18KVA to 36KVA would reactivate business activities.
It would also create over 80,000 jobs, as some companies in Nnewi that had gone moribund would be reactivated.
``It is my dream to make Nnewi an industrial hub in Africa, because it has become a base for commercial production.’’
In spite of the fact that Federal Government is indebted to Anambra to the tune of N43.9 billion, ``I will continue to provide capital projects that will improve lives of our people’’.
``We have also restored power in Orumba North and South at the cost of N2.83 billion. The supply would guarantee 16 hours of steady power supply, ‘’ Obiano said.
He pointed out that the 36KVA line would last for 50 years and urged the people to take possession of every government property against vandalism. ``You must report suspicious movements to appropriate authority’’.
The governor noted that his administration would continue to partner with Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) and had finalised arrangements with them for distribution of transformers to communities that need transformers.
The Commissioner for Power and Domestic Water Resources, Mr Obi Nwankwo recalled that the present administration had distributed power to communities in Anambra North from Mobile Injection Substation at Agu Awka.
Nwankwo re-assured that the upgrade would boost socio economic activities and impact positively on the people.
A representative of EEDC, Mr Obiorah Ekwekwu said the Igbos were industrious and contribute to development of the nation, stressing that the upgrade would lead to re-activation of moribund companies.