The Cross River State government is set to commission its 21 megawatts power plant approved by the Federal Government, on or before the second anniversary of the present administration.
The State Governor, Ben Ayade, expressed optimism that after the commissioning, Calabar metropolis would enjoy 24/7 uninterrupted power supply.
He was speaking at the site of the power plant where he inspected the level of work ongoing at the plant, few weeks into the proposed commission date of May 27.
“The importance of constant electricity supply in all facets of the economy cannot be over emphasised, which is why the demand for the services is always on the increase.
“In Cross River State, South-South of Nigeria, just like other states across the country, the epileptic nature of services rendered by the electricity distribution companies is not satisfactory,” he said.
The governor noted that the move was made, following consumers’ complaints of outrageous tariff, in spite of the epileptic power supply they experience.
He added that the people raised concerns about lack of maintenance on the part of the distribution companies which they described as sabotage.
“Consumers say they have had to contend with issues ranging from, high and irregular tariff rates without constant power supply and in most cases, complete blackout.
“In some quotas, consumers are involved in maintenance and purchase of transformer parts in their communities without reciprocal benefits of power supply, a development they see as sabotage.
“In a matter of weeks, residents in Calabar metropolis will have alternative source of power supply, following government drive to provide an enabling environment for investors to ensure that the state becomes an epicentre of maritime transaction and a hub for manufacturing and export.
“Located along Parliamentary Extension road in Calabar, the power plant facility which is nearing completion, will adopt a cost reflective tariff which will not over burden its customers financially,” he said.
“I can’t wait for Cross River State and indeed Calabar to have 24 hours electricity supply, making it the first and the only state capital to enjoy 24 hours power production under two years into this administration and I think that’s fantastic.
“27th of May, hopefully if we have challenges, it will not be so much but am sure the whole team is on ground and I know that Calabar Metropolis will be in for a very good time once we have this plant rolling,” Ayade added.