By Archibong Jeremiah
The Special Adviser to Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State on Public Utilities, Mr. Amboni Iyadim has said that it was because of the confidence the Governor had on engineers working on the 21 megawatts power plant that made him announce two commissioning dates that have since elapsed.
Mr. Iyadim while speaking as a guest on ‘The Dialogue With Agba Jalingo’; a topical issues program which airs live every Sunday evening, 6-7pm on Hit 95.9 FM Calabar, blamed this on the engineers and the enthusiasm of the Governor whom he said is passionate about meeting the energy needs of the State and spoke on challenges as well as successes in public utility services in the state.
Mr. Ayade had said the diesel fired low rusten plants located at Parliamentary extension in Calabar, the State capital will be ready in December 2016 with the city to have 24 hours power supply.
When it was obvious the engineers will not meet the deadline, he announced a new date for February 2017 which has since elapsed and work is yet to be concluded as at February 14, 2018.
On the multiplicity of appointments to man several public utilities, he posited that Mr. Ayade had a way of assigning responsibilities to ensure immediate and efficient solutions are proferred.
Mr. Iyadim lampooned the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC) which he said has not leaved up to its responsibilities in the State despite the injection of about NGN1 billion into distribution by the State Government through procurement of transformers.
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