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Rivers to embark on aggressive rural electrification —Wike

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Rivers State governor, Mr Nyesom Wike, has stated that his administration  will embark on aggressive rural electrification  as part of the state’s  golden jubilee celebration.

Speaking,  weekend, during the presentation  of transformers  donated to communities of Rivers East senatorial district  by their Senator, Chief George Sekibo, Governor Wike  said that his administration  was embarking on rural electrification  in a bid to revive rural economies.

Represented by his Chief of Staff, Mr Chukwuemeka Woke, the governor  said that the rural electrification  scheme will empower small and medium  sized businesses in  rural areas   and also create jobs for unemployed youths.


Governor Wike said: “The state government believes that to stimulate the economies of rural communities, rural electrification  is key. Once there  is  rural electrification, micro-economies will be activated and unemployed  youths empowered.

“ As part of our golden jubilee celebrations, more communities will be linked to our aggressive rural electrification schemes .”

Wike  informed that his administration  was working with a major independent power producer to ensure uninterrupted power supply to major business and government facilities in the state.

He said: “The state government has set up a high-powered  committee to interface with a major independent power producer to electrify key areas and facilities in the state.  This is to ensure that small and medium sized business owners have access to electricity  to carry out their trades in a financially  friendly  environment. “

On the reach out to his constituents  by Senator George Sekibo,  the senator representing  Rivers  East senatorial district , Governor Wike  appreciated him for being a worthy lawmaker  who places the interest of his people above other considerations.

In his remark, Senator Sekibo said that the distribution  of transformers  to benefiting communities was aimed at supporting the rural electrification  scheme  of the Wike administration.

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