By CrossRiverWatch admin
Cross River State Commissioner for Power, Thomas Udam, has expressed optimism in renewed efforts by the Governor Ben Ayade led administration to ensure steady supply of electricity in the state.
He said the state government was determined to explore all viable alternatives available to enable it achieve its goal.
The Commissioner stated this after a meeting with the management of Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) in his office in Calabar, the state capital.
Udam said the administration was working on a blue print drawn by the governor to explore the possibilities of tapping into the huge hydro potential in Agbokim and Ikom area to support and boost PHED’s supply.
“As I speak, the feasibility studies on hydro electrical power using the Ikom River and Agbokim water fall is near completion,” Udam said.
He confirmed talks were ongoing with an Indian firm desiring to partner with the state to produce more energy.
Udam lamented the poor state of infrastructure that is currently being used by PHED for it distribution network.
The Commissioner traced the problem to when it was installed in the early 70s and stressed that it had since outlived it efficiency.
Leader of the PHED delegation, Matthew Edevbie, expressed support for the state’s power road map.
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