By correspondent John Odeh.
If the promise made by the Ministry of Power is anything to go by, then residents of Bayelsa state would begin to experience 24-hour power supply starting from September 21, 2018.
An official of the Ministry and Managing Director of the Bayelsa State Electricity Company, Engr Olice Kemenanabo disclosed this during the inter-ministerial briefings to mark Governor Seriake Dickson’s six years in office.
It could be recalled that a previous administration in the state led by former Governor Timipre Sylva made a similar promise that Bayelsans were going to be the first state to enjoy uninterupted power supply but failed to keep his word.
Engr. Kemenanabo said efforts were being made towards achieving the target which include upgrading of existing transmission stations from 40 to 90 megawatts as well as ensuring that the second mobile transformer functions optimally.
“We have upgraded from 40 to 90 MVA, we also want to work on the second mobile transmission station that will serve the eastern part of the state so that we can dedicate the 90 MVA to the western and central parts of the state. By so doing, the constraints of the sector would be a thing of the past”, he said.
On the scorecard of the Ministry of Power for the past six years, the Commissioner, Chief Partner Jim-Ogbolo said 48 projects were awarded out of which 23 had been completed while 25 were ongoing.
Some of the achievements of the Ministry, he said, include: construction of a new 33KVA transmission line from Ogbia to Nembe, construction of 33KVA line from Ikebiri to Angiama and upgrading of electricity supply in Akepelai community.
Others include: Okpoama/Diema electrification project, rehabilitation of River Nun 33KV Feeder to serve Southern Ijaw council headquarters and Federal Polytechnic, Ekowe, connection of Sagbama to the national grid amongst others.
On the total blackout that has plunged the state for the past 11 days, Jim-Ogbolo said the power outage was caused by the vandalization of power station by some irate youths at Ahoada area in Rivers state.
He also attributed part of the cause to a faulty 40MVA transformer at the Gbarantoru sub-station in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa state, promising that the situation would soon be restored.
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