By Emma Una
MINISTER of State for Power, Goddy Agba says that his appointment has specific functions assigned to him, being the main supply of electricity to urban and rural communities and not giving alms in the form of bags of rice, cooking oil and wrappers to people.
Agba, who spoke in the context of the demands of people requesting seasonal gifts, said he is working to update the political momentum of the current administration to facilitate electricity in the states of the federation in order to create employment through of a greater supply of electricity to artisans, small and medium. scale companies and other creative companies.
The minister who made this known in a statement issued by his media assistant, Mr. Ofem Uket in Calabar, pointed out that in less than two years in office the nation has registered successes in the electricity sector through important projects of intervention.
“Some of the states that have benefited from the electrical intervention programs include Lagos, Oyo, Osun. Edo, Ebonyi, Benue, Kano, Kaduna, Bauchi, Niger and satellite cities within the Federal Capital Territory, FCT,.
“More attention is focused on rural areas to take advantage of emerging alternative energy sources in Nigeria; particularly solar mini-grid systems ”.
The minister stated that in Cross River State, there was no electricity in the local Bekwara government for six years, but that the area currently enjoys a constant supply of electricity.
“In the north of Cross River state, the areas far from the National Grid are receiving electricity from the mini solar grid, one of those places is Bottom Hill of the Obudu Ranch Resorts with the intention of providing electricity to the people of Bottom Hill, Agbakoko, Belinge and Amana ”.
Agba, who called on people to demand more for projects that can change their lives and not handouts, said that agreements have been concluded with a Japanese consortium, JAICA, for the electrification of Utanga and the Ranch Resort and that works will soon begin.
He concluded that “we must always bear in mind that ministerial appointments have national responsibilities, so it is quite wrong to expect a minister to focus entirely on his home state.”