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Residents smile as FG completes 330KV Akurba Power Sub-station in Nasarawa

From Esther Akaa, Lafia

Residents of Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital are now smiling as work on the much awaited 330KV Power Transmission Sub-Station in the state has been completed.

The 330KVA Akurba Power Sub-station project located in Akurba community in Lafia Local Government Area was awarded by the Federal Government through the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) to boost power supply in the state and its environs.

A cross section of residents of Lafia metropolis who spoke to The Voice on Wednesday, applauded the Federal Government for the completion of the project in the state.

Mrs Olabimpe Idogbe, a business woman in Bukan Sidi area of Lafia, said the completion of the power sub- station was the best thing that has happened to the state, considering the challenges business owners have faced due to poor supply of electricity in the state for so many years.

According to her, the shortage in power supply hitherto to the completion of the project had  affected her soft drinks business but with the new development, she was meeting up with the demands of her customers who always ask for cold drinks.

“We are happy that the federal government has thought it wise to complete the Akurba Power Sub-station project which started some years ago. Today we have full supply of electricity in Lafia and it’s a thing of joy to me, especially because  I believe my business will boom. This is because during the hot season people ask for cold drinks because Lafia town is very hot so people usually need cold drinks to cool off the temperature.

“The power supply is constant now and it’s not like before where we normally see light two or three hours in a two days and the power supply was not even consistent.

“So, I want to in a special way appreciate the federal government for completing this big project that has direct bearing on the people,” Mrs Idogbe said.

Also speaking, Mr Musa Ahmed, commended the federal government for the completion of the project, saying Lafia metropolis was receiving constant power supply in the state.

“So far so good, power supply in Lafia has been steady but we pray that it will be sustained forever without any hic-cups.

“Before I use to buy fuel, but since the restoration of electricity supply in the state I don’t buy fuel any more,” he said.

Similarly, the Chairman of NIPOST Shops Owners Association in the state, Mr Richard Asonuike, expressed  delight over commencement of electricity transmission in the state and thanked the FG for the gesture.

“For a very long time we have been using generator because the light was not steady and in most cases when they restore the light it would be so low that it cannot carry our machines. And at the end of the month the AEDC will bring exorbitant bills,” he said.

He said that the development will encourage investors to the state and improve livelihood.

On his part, the General Manager, Nasarawa state electricity power agency, Mr Yakubu Suleiman commended the Governor of the state, Engr Abdullahi Sule for his relentless efforts towards ensuring the completion of the 330KV power transmission sub-station in the state.

Governor Sule had during a recent visit to the power sub-station in Akurba community expressed satisfaction with the development, saying it will encourage investors who were earlier discouraged due to the poor power supply, to come and invest in the state.

“I am excited not just because we are having power supply in Lafia but because it is an opportunity for those who are running away from Lafia because there is poor power supply to come and invest. Today they can feel free to come and invest in Lafia,” Governor Sule said.

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