The Cross River State government, at the weekend, took delivery of the equipment for a 20-megawatt plant.
Governor Ben Ayade received the equipment with some government officials.
Ayade told reporters that the delivery showed that the Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) he had been signing were coming into action.
He said:“This is one outcome of the trips in my first year in office when we were still trying to do agenda setting for the government. It will generate 20 megawatts of embedded power for Cross River State. I am happy to announce to you today that we are taking delivery of 20-megawatt equipment for embedded power generation for the city of Calabar.”
The governor assured residents of Calabar that electricity tariff would be affordable to all.
The governor, who also announced that five containers-laden with equipment will arrive soon, highlighted how the project would enhance security in Calabar.
“The street lights are gong to be connected to this grid, and we are going to pick up the diesel engines from the streets and then link the street lights to this plant so that Calabar South up to Anantigha, Atimbo and all areas, including 8 Miles, Nassarawa, will be lit up,” he said.
He said the equipment was “specially designed for economy and for uninterrupted power supply. So what will happen ultimately is that Cross River State and Calabar in particular will have uninterrupted power supply, which means perhaps Calabar will be the first state capital to have uninterrupted power supply in the country.
“We are beginning to convert the many MoUs we signed to action, all the MOUs are taking the breath of life. I can guarantee the people of Calabar that in three months from today we would have finished the installation and Cross River State will enjoy steady supply of electricity.”
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