After long months of darkness in Asaba since Senator Ifeanyi Okowa took over from Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, Okowa finally sees the need to restore street lights in Asaba. The absence of the street lights coupled with ban on tricycles at night have made night life in Asaba a dead zone.
The state government, who also promised to extend the energy to the flyover, where construction of link road and beautification of the Ekumeku Roundabout is currently going on, to further improve the aesthetic value and strengthen the security network, has equally, summoned the owner of an ongoing petrol station along the Ibusa Road, Asaba, by Direct Labour Agency (DLA) Road, for questioning over alleged damage done to public electric cable.
The State Commissioner for Energy, Barr. Newworld Safugha dropped the hint during the inspection of the street light facility and the newly procured and insulated sub-station transformers at the weekend.
While expressing satisfaction with the standard of work, he noted that the State Governor, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa directed him to inspect the facility for specification, adding that the procurement of standard sub-station transformers (300/500KVA) was to boost power supply, which was connected on the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) section high tension cable for effective and efficient distribution of electrical energy.
He observed that night activities, such as local fast food vendors, night clubs and other social gatherings are fast returning in Asaba since the insulation of electric energy on the roads. The commissioner condemned the activities of suspected vandals, who allegedly destroyed and removed electric cables and in the process, damaged and disrupted effective energy distribution along the roads and streets in the state capital.
He also expressed sadness at the alleged encroachment into the public road and destruction of electric cable by a suspected owner of an ongoing petrol station along Ibusa Road, Asaba, by Direct Labour Agency (DLA) Road, adding that he has ordered his Permanent Secretary, Engr. Ike Oduah to summon him for questioning.
Barr. Safugha also expressed vexation at the rate of electric cable vandalism in Asaba, an act, he said, was affecting effective distribution of street lights across the seat of government and its environs.
He cautioned against such destruction of public property with a warning that the ministry has spread its dragnet to fish out the perpetuators and bring them to book. The commissioner also adviced residents of Asaba and its environs to be security conscious to enable them to protect their property against the suspected vandals.
The Pointer also learnt that some cable was also destroyed by the contractor who executed the drainage system/walkway projects, during the construction of the projects, especially, along the Nnebisi Road, Dennis Osadebay Road, St. Bridgids Girls’ Grammar School, Asaba Road and others.
The Permanent Secretary, Engr. Oduah who was among the commissioner’s inspection team, stressed the importance of the introduction of protective devices on the sub-station transformers strategically located in Asaba to boost electric energy, adding that the materials used will protect and permit air circulation for the longevity of the insulation.