Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.
Kogi State Deputy Governor, Chief David Edward Onoja, on Saturday paid a courtesy call on the Minister of State for Power, Goddy Jedy Agba to synergize on the “Project Light Up Kogi East” (PLUKE) an electrification project embarked upon by the administration of Alhaji Yahaya Bello.
The Deputy Governor told the Minister that Kogi state government has concluded all plans to light up communities in Kogi East presently in perpetual darkness, which is the largest Senatorial district in the state and also the darkest as over 90% of the entire rural areas in the district is without electricity
Chief Onoja disclosed that a target has been set to light up over 100 communities yearly out of darkness by the current administration.
He also highlighted the rate of underdevelopment bedeviling the region due to absence of electricity which he said is a vital engine of industrialization and socio economic development in all societies.
He condemned the negligence of the area by the past administrations until the coming of Governor Bello who now plans to link the neglected area to civilization and remove poverty and substandard living condition of the Senatorial district.
He explained that the district boasts of the highest number of local Government areas in Kogi state, explaining that renewable power models would also be applied in some selected communities.
He also assured the readiness of the New Direction Government to actualize the project, phase by phase, as the 2020 budget captured the PLUKE project.
He also used the occasion to declare the the commitment of Governor Bello to the senatorial district, citing the PLUKE project as a legacy project amongst other infrastructure such as roads, water and human resources and empowerment.
The Minister who welcomed the Synergy proposal, assured the Kogi state Government of readiness of the Federal Government to actualize the project.
He thanked the Deputy Governor for the visit which he said goes to show the readiness of Kogi state Government to actualize the project.
The PLUKE project already is in progress as with feasibility and stock taking studies are in advanced stages to ensure its implementation on schedule.