By Ignatius Okorocha
The Senate on Tuesday asked the Federal government urgently effect the construction/ completion of the already approved but abandoned Okigwe 132/33KVA transmission substation.
It also urged the Federal Ministry of Power to upgrade the Okigwe power facility to a district station.
This resolution of the upper chamber followed a motion sponsored by Senator Frank Chukwuma Ibezim( IMO North)tagged “Urgent need to construct the Power Transmission Substation in Okigwe LGA for rapid industrial growth”.
In his submission Sen Ibezim lamented that Okigwe, the headquarters of IMO North senatorial. District has suffered neglect over the years in the area of electricity supply due to absence of a power transmission substation.
He recalled that in the year 2003, Okigwe was earmarked for a power transmission substation alongside Port Harcourt, Aba, Umuahia and Enugu axis respectively by the Federal Ministry of Power.
The lawmaker noted that the Federal Ministry Power supervised and delivered the approved transmission line from Port harcourt to Enugu with construction of a substation leaving out Okigwe from the approved list.
He lamented that this action has made electricity supply in Okigwe epileptic and placed it at the mercy of the districts that are its contemporaries.
Ibezim further noted that the absence of light and approved power station has not only occasioned darkness and stunted general development but engendered avoidable criminal activities, unemployment and youth restiveness in the area.