Abuja - The Bayelsa State Government expressed its commitment to boost electricity supply in the region.
As part of such efforts, government officials revealed the state’s Kolo Creek Gas Turbine currently undergoing refurbishment in Vancouver, Canada at a total cost of 800 000 Pounds.
Briefing the media on the state of the turbine in Yenagoa, the Commissioner for Energy, Barrister Francis Ikio, sympathised with the people of the state, especially those affected by the power outage, occasioned by the breakdown of the turbine.
It broke down during the last quarter of 2013.
He quoted a progress report by the contractors, which read in part that, “Completion of repair and refurbishment of Olympus unit 2024017 will be ready for performance test the week of May 26, 2014.”
He dismissed reports that the state government was not committed to restoring power supply to the affected parts of the state.
“I remember we had given an expected date of completion, but because of technical reasons, we didn't deliver, and as it is usual, there are complaints; some properly founded and others intended to set confusion and blackmail by mischief makers. I want to say with all seriousness that this government is committed to the welfare of Bayelsans generally without any form of discrimination. Nobody is to be made to feel inferior or suffer some pain for whatever reason because we are not playing politics with the development of any part of Bayelsa.”
Responding to a question on high electricity tariffs in the state, Ikio said government did not promise to subsidize bills of electricity consumers in the state, but would ensure that they were not unfairly billed. “As far as I am concerned, since I became a Commissioner, we have not made a promise of that nature. We have not promised anybody that fees would be reduced. Privatization is global. There are so many electricity distribution companies in the country, and so ours cannot be different. Secondly, our investment in the distribution company is minimal.”
– CAJ News