Delta State, yesterday, recorded a major breakthrough in power generation, as the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola commissioned the new Power Injection Sub-station in Asaba.
The Minister, at the occasion, said that the present administration is committed to improving and sustaining power generation in the country, adding that a lot of measures are in top gear to that effect.
While also speaking during the opening ceremony of the 21st Monthly Power Sector and Stakeholders’ meeting in Asaba, after the commissioning, Mr. Fashola, disclosed that the Federal Government intends to improve power generally in the state and country at large by constructing sub-stations in Okpai and Kwale.
On pre-paid metres, the minister said that government has reached agreement with the contractor to settle the matter out of court, adding that about N27bn will be paid to the contractor to supply metres to the Distribution Companies (DisCos) that will in turn be distributed to customers who need them. He said that the power sector had recorded successes and has been expanded with the injection of 40 and 46KVA transformers to boost services.
The minister said that the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) is on course, adding that rural areas are encouraged to embrace solar power as it is cheaper and easier to connect difficult terrains to the national grid through solar.
While commending the Delta State Government for its desire to assist the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) to ensure sustained power supply in the state, Mr. Fashola said that the progress made in the sector was due to hard work and the peace recorded in the Niger Delta, stressing that for the first time, both hydro and gas supply systems worked without interruption, hence the improvement in power generally across the country.
Fashola, who lamented the vandalisation of power installations across the country, warned against building on power lines as it is dangerous.
Earlier, the Managaing Director of BEDC, Mrs. Funke Osibodu, said that a lot of progresses had been recorded as there has been improved power supply and many communities as Ibusa and Ogwashi-Uku have been energised to the national grid recently.
She said that the commissioning of the Asaba sub-station is a major breakthrough, adding that it will improve power supply to Asaba and its environs, disclosing that another sub-station at Ibusa is almost completed and ready for commissioning soon. Highlight of the ceremony was the cutting of the tape to commission the project by the minister.