Elec­tric­ity: Pres­i­dent Jonathan’s vil­lage in black­out for a year

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Chris Eze, Ye­nagoa

Poor elec­tric­ity sup­ply has af­fected most parts of Bayelsa state, with Og­bia, Brass, Nembe and South­ern Ijaw lo­cal govern­ment ar­eas the worst hit.

Otuoke, the vil­lage of Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan in Og­bia Lo­cal Govern­ment has been with­out elec­tric­ity for over a year. The same fate be­falls the univer­sity com­mu­nity at the Federal Univer­sity Otuoke in the area.

On Mon­day, Bayelsa State gover­nor, Hon. Se­ri­ake Dick­son, tasked the sworn in com­mis­sioner for the newly cre­ated Min­istry of Power, Chief Part­ner Jim-Og­bolo to take ad­van­tage of the abun­dance of gas in the state to drive the state to self suf­fi­ciency in power sup­ply, as well as cre­ate jobs for the teem­ing youths in the state.

The gover­nor, who gave the charge shortly af­ter the swear­ing in of new com­mis­sion­ers, chal­lenged the com­mis­sioner for Power to use his ex­per­tise to work to­wards en­sur­ing that the state be­comes num­ber one in terms of elec­tric­ity sup­ply.

The state Chief Ex­ec­u­tive said his pre­de­ces­sors made huge in­vest­ments in the sec­tor, and asked Chief Jim-Og­bolo to en­sure that projects un­der his min­istry were com­pleted as well as con­vert the po­ten­tials in the power sec­tor to wealth and job cre­ation in the state.

“This state wants to be num­ber one in terms of pro­vi­sion of power. I want you to drive the power agenda. My pre­de­ces­sors in good faith, all in­vested heav­ily in power gen­er­a­tion. There are sev­eral gas tur­bines that are not uti­lized and so, it is your duty to break that jinx. This is the state of gas. This state has more gas re­sources than any other state, so it is your duty to con­vert these po­ten­tials to cre­ate wealth and job op­por­tu­ni­ties for the state.

“Un­der my lead­er­ship, we have also in­vested in a num­ber of ini­tia­tives. One of such ini­tia­tives is the Four Power, which is owned by four states in the Niger Delta. We have set up the Bayelsa State Elec­tric­ity Com­pany Ltd and sev­eral other ini­tia­tives in or­der to safe­guard what I call, ‘our en­ergy se­cu­rity and our fu­ture’ in an in­dus­tri­al­ized and com­pet­i­tive world.”

He called on the new com­mis­sioner to stream­line the poli­cies and pro­grammes in his min­istry and gen­er­ate new ideas to place Bayelsa state as the num­ber one in power gen­er­a­tion and move the sec­tor for­ward.

The state govern­ment said it is spend­ing over £800,000 (N230m) to re­fur­bish a bro­ken down gas tur­bine that is sup­posed to serve the area and other nearby lo­cal govern­ment.

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