Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has stated that his administration will embark on aggressive rural electrification as part of the state’s Golden Jubilee celebration.
Governor Wike said that his administration is working with a major independent power producer to ensure uninterrupted power supply to major business and government facilities in the State.
Speaking at the weekend during the presentation of transformers donated to communities of Rivers East Senatorial District by their Senator, Chief George Sekibo, Governor Wike said his administration is embarking on rural electrification in a bid to revive rural economies.
Represented by his Chief of Staff, Engineer Chukwuemeka Woke, the governor said the rural electrification scheme will empower small and medium sized businesses in rural areas and also create jobs for unemployed youths.
Governor Wike said: “The State Government believes that to stimulate the economies of rural communities, rural electrification is key. Once there is rural electrification, micro-economies will be activated and unemployed youths empowered.
” As part of our Golden Jubilee celebrations, more communities will be linked to our aggressive rural electrification schemes “.
He said: ‘The State Government has set up a high-powered committee to interface with a major Independent Power Producer to electrify key areas and facilities in the State.
“This is to ensure that small and medium-sized businesses owners have access to electricity to carry out their trades in a financially friendly environment. “
In his remarks, Senator Representing Rivers East Senatorial District, Senator George Thompson Sekibo said the distribution of transformers to benefiting communities was aimed at supporting the rural electrification scheme of the Wike administration.
Senator Sekibo said benefiting communities were selected in liaison with the State Government and major stakeholders from the local government areas that make up the district.