The Bayelsa State government Friday 26 2018 assured residents that in the next nine months it would put a halt to the perennial power outage in the state, especially in the state capital, Yenagoa.
The Managing Director of the Bayelsa Electricity Company, Mr. Olice Kemenanabo, asked the people of the state to hold him personally responsible if the plan to supply of Bayelsa with 24-hour uninterrupted electricity by September does not materialize. He gave the assurance while showcasing the activities of the Ministry of Power since the beginning of the present administration.
He blames the current power outages in the state on incessant cable theft and vandalism but disclosed that all the Local Government Areas in the state had been successfully connected to the national grid.
Engineer Kemenanabo, said efforts were being put in place towards achieving the target, which include upgrading existing electricity transmission stations, and further said “We have upgraded the transmission from 40 to 90 MVA, we also want to work on the second mobile transformer to make sure that we have a second transmission station that will serve the eastern part of Bayelsa, then dedicate the supply from the 90 MVA for the central and western parts of the state. By so doing, the constraints in the sector would be a thing of the past.”
Engineer Kemenanabo said the mobile transformer will serve as a second transmission station to service the eastern part of the state while the power generated from the 90 megawatts transmission station will be dedicated to cover the central and western parts of Bayelsa.
He pointed out that the state government had signed an agreement with a private firm in December last year to provide a 5.26 megawatts power plant to boost power supply and that the power plant was being provided to service communities in the Agbere-Odoni axis not only to boost social activities but also for the economic emancipation of the area through the proposed industrial park.
In his comments, the Commissioner for Power, Chief Partner Jim-Ogbolo, said that in the last six years, the government had awarded 48 projects, out of which 23 had been completed while 25 are ongoing. He, however, assured that power would soon be restored as efforts are on to rectify the problem.
He also enumerated achievements in the sector to include, construction of a new 33 KVA sub-transmission line from Ogbia to Nembe, Ikibiri-Angiama 33 KVA, upgrading of electricity supply in Akipelai community. Others, he said, included the Okpoama/Diema electrification project, rehabilitation of Nun River 33KV feeder to serve Southern Ijaw local government headquarters including the Federal Polytechnic, Ekowe.
Also speaking, the State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Daniel Iworiso Markson, said the restoration administration is investing so much in the power sector with a view to driving industrialization and wealth creation.