12 February 2013

Nigeria: Bayelsa Approves N4 Billion for Rural Electricity

Yenagoa — Communities in the hinterland of Bayelsa State will soon enjoy power supply as the state government has approved N4 billion for rural electrification.

The state Commissioner for Energy, Mr. Francis Ikio, disclosed this in Yenagoa while conducting newsmen round project sites in the state.

He said investments in the power sector became imperative in view of its relevance to the economic growth of the state.

He said: "The power sector plays a significant role in any growing economy. That is why the current administration is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that all the rural areas become beneficiaries of its electrification projects." He added that over 23 electricity projects had been awarded across the state, including rehabilitation, reticulation of networks and extension of electricity across several communities in the state.

He said that 10 communities in Sagbama Local Government Area are beneficiaries of the rural electricity scheme.

"The Dickson administration is making efforts at refurbishing the 20 Megawatt capacity power plant at Imiringi in Ogbia Local Government Area," he said.

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