Imoke To Inaugurate 100 Electricity Projects

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Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River is to inaugurate more than 100 electricity projects in the 18 Local Government Areas.

Mrs Rosemary Atsu, the Acting Director-General of the State Electrification Agency (SEA), made this known to newsmen in Calabar on Thursday.

She said that only completed projects would be inaugurated.

“The governor will soon begin the inauguration of the projects as they are completed,’’ Atsu said.

The director general said that the projects were some of the electricity projects sites in 102 communities.

She that the projects were initiated by SEA in 2010 at N1.8 billion, adding that most of the projects have gone past 75 per cent completion, while some are ready for inauguration,’’ Atsu said.

She blamed the delay in the early completion of the projects on unserious contractors.

Atsu thanked the governor for providing adequate funding for the agency, noting that successive governments in the state did not do as much.

“There has never been any government in the state that has provided so much infrastructure, especially in the area of power generation than the present administration,’’ she remarked.

She also said that vandalism; high cost of electrical materials; rains and inadequate technical personnel had constituted major challenges to the agency.

Atsu, therefore, called on stakeholders to join in the fight against vandalism of electricity installations so that the efforts of government would be better appreciated.

The Agency was established in 2007 with the mandate to provide electricity to all the communities in the state.