The Ebonyi State governor, Gov.Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru has decried the poor state of power supply in the state, he said residents no longer enjoy up to four hours of electricity daily.
Nwifuru made this assertion on Tuesday when he received the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) management team in his office in Abakaliki.
He noted that Ebonyi with just a few companies should enjoy electricity more than any other state in the country and calls for improved power supply.
“You and I know that no business thrives without electricity.
“EEDC should step up plans to checkmate cable theft and related challenges.
“If after this meeting and no solution is found, we will no longer fold our hands; we were elected by the people to speak and work for the people; we cannot allow them to be suffering.
“It’s high time citizens should get value for what they are paying for. Many are loosing confidence and they are already searching for alternative power supply.”
“Here in Ebonyi, we have challenges of overbilling, vandalism, and inadequate supply; so, there is the need to tackle these challenges,” the Governor stated.
The Managing director and Chief Executive Officer of EEDC, Mr.Praveen Chorghede in his statement commended the governor for his support so far to the company.
According to Praveen, his visit to the governor was to fine-tune the steps to ensuring sustainable development of electricity infrastructure in the state.
“EEDC is committed to reliable and sustainable electricity infrastructure in the entire state, which will ensure more economic growth for the people,” he said.
He said that the EEDC is currently planning on how to deliver adequate electricity to its customers in the state in the next three years.
He further stated that the EEDC has made plans to invest about N247 billion in the area.