By John Ighodaro
CALABAR —The Rural Electrification Agency in Cross River State has commenced electrification projects in 77 sites in 102 communities in the state.
Disclosing this at an interactive session with newsmen in Calabar yesterday, the Director General of the agency, Rosemary Atsu, said, “we now have 77 project sites all over the electoral districts of the state and 102 communities are involved in this first phase.
“We started real work in January this year. Preliminaries have begun, the survey, design and all had been done. Erection of poles have also begun. By the end of September, we would have gone far and we hope to complete 60% of the projects by November.”
Atsu, who said part of the challenges the agency had faced has been the difficult terrain, however, noted that four projects were sited in Ikom, four in Etum, five in Ogoja and four in Odukpani among others.
She however lamented that when the projects are completed, the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) would still be the one to generate power through these facilities and not the state government.
Asked to comment on the budget, she said the projects involved #1.6 billion.