Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has jettisoned unnecessary fears as regards the completion of Owerri-Port Harcourt expressway, promising that it would be completed as soon as possible.
Making this remark when he visited the Imo state Governor, Rochas Okorocha recently, Fashola promised to liaise with the management of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) with a view to ensuring that there is no delay in the completion of the road projects.
According to Fashola, he was in the region to attend the monthly meeting of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) and was very optimistic that everything would work successfully on critical infrastructures such as the aspect of road construction and power in the region and the country generally.
Fashola gave kudos to Okorocha for the lofty infrastructural projects he has been embarking on, noting that these projects have given new shape to socio-economic lives of the people.
“We came for our monthly power meeting. Some of the issues we discussed were the expansion and distribution network of some of our communities like Nebo, New Heaven, Onitsha and Aba, among others on the power quality and service experience,” Fashola added.
In his reaction, Governor Okorocha urged Fashola to direct the contractors handling the Owerri-Port Harcourt road and other projects under his care to speed up work so that the projects would be completed on time.
Reacting, he said: “I have made my concerns known to the Minister with regard to the neglect of the state, especially with regard to the Aba-Owerri road and Port-Harcourt-Owerri road. And currently, the Minister has done a lot to ensure the completion of the roads.
“He has also informed me that he has called the contractors concerned to see me immediately with a view to completing the Aba–Owerri road and the Owerri–Port-Harcourt road.”
“We talked about power and electricity in the state and he indicated the ministry’s interest to ensure that Imo gets stable power supply. We also discussed the Federal Housing project for which he said the issue of land will soon be resolved,” the Governor stated.
Making reference to the issue of power supply, Fashola disclosed that the generation capacity had increased from 2,696 MW in 2015 to 7,000 MW in September this year, adding that transmission capacity has also witnessed massive improvement from 5,000 MW to 6,900 MW.
“So, power currently added to the grid is 4,600MW. When you compare that with what we had three years ago, we have essentially doubled it, but we can do more,” he assured.