Rivers to electrify 500 towns in Nigeria

Oct 29, 2008 01:00 AM

The governor of Rivers state, Rotimi Amaechi, has vowed to hook up a minimum of 500 rural communities with electricity that have not experienced power supply, before the end of March 2009.
He said most of the power sources will come from the national grid, while some coastal communities like Kula, Idama and the rest would be given alternative power sources to provide energy for those inhabiting such places.

According to the governor, the rural electrification project has been incorporated into the supplementary budget which the Assembly has passed. Amaechi disclosed this at the chambers of the Rivers State House of Assembly during an interactive session with members in Port Harcourt to mark his one year anniversary in office.
The governor hinted that already, the state government, through the Ministry of Power, is working to generate between 355 and 388 MW of power from the Eleme and Transamadi gas turbine stations to meet up the energy needs of the state capital and those of the proposed rural communities.

Amaechi, who was the former Speaker of the Rivers state House of Assembly, said he came to the chambers to subject the executive arm of government to what he called the superiority of the legislature and also to take questions from members who would help build a progressive Rivers state.

Source / Daily Trust
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