#InCaseYouMissedIt: Rivers may become first state to provide uninterrupted power

by Lekan Olanrewaju

While residents all over the country suffer the effects of blackouts due to Kainji dam being shut down, Rivers State gears up to begin enjoying uninterrupted power supply. Governor Rotimi Amaechi assured that the people of the state would be economically empowered with the provision of stable power supply. He said this in a statement through the Commissioner for Power, Augustine Nkwocha, at the second Dissecting The Amaechi Administration Media Briefing Series at the Government House in Port Harcourt.

“Unlike the previous system where they were all given to one person, here we have a total of 10 outfits doing different things to ensure that we deliver on time,” the statement read.

“So what we have done differently is that we have divided this work into smaller units that are deliverable, faster and better.  We have also focused on getting the quality of men that can deliver this work and deliver them well.

“We have got Saipan Nigeria Limited to build a power substation. We have Weltech doing a medium voltage substation. We have selected people in that category, people who we believe can deliver based on their track record”.

“As a Ministry and as a state, we have a firm belief in the power of uninterrupted stable power supply to empower our people we know that once we deliver electricity to our people the issue of economic empowerment will be addressed to a very large extent.” he continued. “We are determined to provide constant power to our people so they can live a better life.”

“We have designed our systems in such a way that if there is a problem in one station, you can feed the entire system from existing ones. The second advantage the Rivers System has is that our generation does not have one source of fuel supply. Shell supplies us at Afam, Agip supplies us at Omoku, Eleme is a different supplier, trans Amadi is Shell. So if Agip has problems, it is not likely that the same day Shell supply will also have a problem.”

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