The Enugu State Government has awarded contract worth of over eight hundred and fifty million naira for the electrification of twenty-six communities in parts of eleven local government areas of the state.
The contract which will be financed by the state government and the benefiting local government areas at 60:40 percent ratio,was given by the State Executive Council at its meeting chaired by the State Governor, Mr. Sullivan Chime.
Briefing the Press at the end of the meeting, the Commissioner for information, Mr. Chuks Ugwuoke said that the project was in keeping with the resolve of the administration of Governor Chime to ensure that all communities in the state have electricity before the end of its tenure.
According to Mr. Ugwoke, the benefiting communities, their council areas and contract sum are Obollo Nkwo in Udenu local government and Eha Alumona (Breme/Agu Uwabor) communities in Nsukka local government at the sum of over thirty three and thirty-five million naira respectively (N33,640,902) and N35,287,512.60).
Others are Ishiagu – Ibawa community in Igbo-Eze South at N26,354,384.40, Ozalla-Uwani and Ozalla Uwenu community in Igbo-Etiti local government at N45,950,214 naira, Amaja/Umuoma community in Igbo-Eze North council area at the sum of N72,890,795.50 and Enugu Akwu/Obune Inyi/Aji-Rija and Nkwerre communities in Oji River lcoalo government are at the sum of N28,951,640.
The Isiogbo Nara community rural electrification project in Nkanu East local government will cost N40,811,706 while that of Oghu community in Udi council areas and Nkpunano Odoro, Isiakpu/Echara, Ogbagu and Amaegbo communities in Nsukka local government area will cost N15,316,802 and N32,839,428.60 under direct labour.
The Commissioner also disclosed that the electricity projects for Egali Amala-Inyi, Enugu Ezike in Igbo Eze North, Umuh-Ndiagu and Idoluugb communities in Isi-Uzo local government and Ugwuafor community in Nkanu West local government will be executed under direct labour at contract sum of N19,418,438.40; N46,339,703 and N22,200,840 respectively.
The sum of over one hundred and two million naira (N102,539,604) was for the execution of electricity at Ezinessi-Ohafia-Odumachara and Ameke autonomous communities of Oduma Aninri council area while the Opi Agu community in Nsukka local government electricity project will cost over thirty-six million naira (N36,536,886).
According to Mr. Ugwu, the electricity projects when completed in addition to those already connected to the national grid would help boost socio-economic activities of small and medium industries and create job in the state.