ABANDONMENT OF POWER PROJECT IN ORLU WORRIES IMO LAWMAKERS
The Imo State House of Assembly has directed the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, EEDC to provide detailed information on the contractor who abandoned the National Integrated Power Project in Orlu for the past one year. The Deputy Speaker, Imo State House of Assembly, Chief Ugonna Ozuruigbo gave the directive when he led other members of the House on a working visit to the EEDC Orlu District to ascertain reasons behind total power outage in the area in the last six years.
Chief Ozuruigbo expressed dissatisfaction with the level of work there, stating that the power supply in the area was very poor coupled with high estimated bills which he alleged was not commensurate with amount of electricity consumed. The member representing Ideato North Constituency, Chief Arthur Egwim noted that people in the area had been thrown into untold hardship due to inability of the EEDC to reconnect them to the national grid.
Responding, the Network Manager, Mr. Mike Ugwu denied issuing estimated bills and emphasized that his office had written to EEDC Corporate Headquarters Enugu on the required cable wires and poles needed in the affected areas. The House mandated EEDC to produce copies of letters sent to Enugu and compile a total outstanding debts owed by different communities in both Orlu and Okigwe Zones as well as number of poles they were able to provide in the areas as evidence.