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.