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We’re Collaborating With BEDC To Improve Power In Delta – Ukodhiko

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Delta State Commissioner for Energy, Engr. Jonathan Ukodhiko has said that the state government was working with the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) to improve power supply to the people of the state.

Speaking with newsmen on Tuesday in Asaba, Ukodhiko said the Okowa administration had already approved projects for the upgrade and reinforcement of electricity supply to some communities.

According to him, we are already working in collaboration with the BEDC. I have called them for a meeting, for them to let us know how they are going to improve the light situation in Delta State.

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“This will enable us look into our projects and see how we can support what they are doing in other for us to collaborate and make life meaningful for our people.

“Deltans should continue to pray for this government, Deltans should continue to expect improvement in electricity.

“As we speak now, the government has already approved lots of projects concerning the upgrade and reinforcement of electricity to some communities.

“For instance, there are so many communities that for the past five years they have been cut off due to either faulty transformers or none payment of electricity bill or one problem or the other.

“What we have succeeded in doing, we have already gone around some of these communities and have seen the problem they are having and have put some memos together for government approval.

“Some of them just need little money to provide a meaningful life for them. The governor has graciously approved some of these memos and very soon we are going to go into operation and award the contracts for these projects to take off.

“At last week’s EXCO a lot of massive projects were approved across the state, the same goes for the energy sector.

“As a private sector player, I am committed to helping the government spend less to achieve a lot of results and to reduce the cost of governance.

“So most of the projects we are taking on are projects that are not too expensive, projects that are economical for the state and at the same time doing the right thing,” he said.

The Commissioner said whatever the state government spends in assisting BEDC would be charged as equity for the government.

“I am a professional, I am not somebody that wants to operate a budget that will not add value, I want to make sure that the project supports whatever BEDC is doing to improve the light situation for our state.

“Whatever we are doing to support BEDC, the state government is not spending any money free for BEDC, whatever we are spending in the power sector, we charge BEDC.

“This we will convert to our equity. So our investment in BEDC is increasing every day. So they should know that whatever project that the government is doing is not free, it is an investment. Since we are making life meaningful for our people, we at the same time investing in the future of the State,” he stated.

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