The Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku on Thursday said his administration was planning to start the construction of smaller electricity dams to compliment power supply in the State.
Ishaku disclosed this at the Exco Chambers of the Taraba State Government House, Jalingo, after he was conferred an award of the Electricity Governor of the Year by the Yola Electricity Distribution Company, YEDC.
“We are considering a plan to develop smaller dams to compliment the power supply in the state.
“The experiment in the Tungwa dam which is supplying electricity to our Highland Tea at Kakara is an eye opener and we will replicate it in other communities to empower our people and check rural urban drift,” he said.
Ishaku who expressed joy over the award thanked the YEDC for recognizing his efforts in improving the electricity supply in the State.
He said his administration would continue to inject substantial amount of government revenue into improving electricity, adding that without electricity there will be no modernity.
He appealed to the YEDC to extend their services to other local areas yet to be connected to the National grid to boost the economy of the State, even as he called on those indebted to the company to clear their bills for better services.
Presenting the award to the Governor, Acting Managing Director of the Yola Electricity Distribution Company, YEDC, Engr. Baba Umara Mustapha said the desire of Governor Darius Ishaku to electrify the State started years back when he was the Minister of State for Power.
According to him, the Governor had pushed for the upgrade of KVA line connecting Jalingo and worked tirelessly for the completion of the Kashimbila power project
He thanked the Governor for his passion in providing electricity to the people of Taraba and called on the people to protect the facilities provided by the Governor.
He further informed that metering of customers would begin in the state in January, saying the YEDC has completed arrangement for easy distribution of meters to customers effective January 2019.
Earlier, the Business Manager, YEDC, Jalingo Business Unit, Mr. Rufus Hanawa said the Governor had provided six injection substations and 22 transformers across the State which attracted him the highest award of the company.
Our correspondent reports that 40 customers were also recognized and awarded for their loyalty to the YEDC.