Obiano describes electricity as `brain’ of economic development

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Gov. Willie Obiano has described electricity as the brain for carrying on economic development in the country.

Gov. Obiano said this while receiving a delegation from the Niger Delta Power Holding Company at Awka.

The group was in the state to intimate the governor on activities of the company within the South Eastern states.

“This is part of preparation for the next board meeting in which Anambra represents the South East zone.’’

Gov. Obiano, who was represented by his deputy, Dr Nkem Okeke commended the activities of the company, saying it would help in the developmental strides of the state

He called for more projects and emphasised the need to construct an electricity sub-station in Nnewi, so as to boost business in the commercial hub of the state.

Obiano also called for the company’s intervention in other states in the southeast geo political zone.

“In this eastern part of the country, we have gas, we have crude oil, we need help to tap into electricity generation from the national grid,’’ Obiano said.

The Managing Director of the company, Mr Chiedu Ugbo noted that aside from electricity generation — the main task of the company is also mandate for transmission.

“We have not less than 112 transmission projects across the country. One of the major ongoing transmission projects of the company is in Anambra State’’.

Ugbo said that his team would inspect the level of work at the ongoing transmission project in Awka, which he promised would be completed this year.

The MD also noted another ongoing major transmission project at Okija would ensure reliable source of supply across many communities in the state.

“Projects within the southeast include state of art transmission sub-station at Ugwuaji, Enugu, a major sub-station, where electricity can be transmitted to Kaduna as well as New Heaven part of Enugu.

“The company has been quite busy in improving the electricity infrastructure across the country’’. (MOI)
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