The first phase of the Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel’s vision of steady power supply has further been boosted with the completion of the first phase of the 2x60kva transmission substation in Ekim, Mkpat Enin Local Government.

The project, Emmanuel had announced last weekend, would be inaugurated by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as part of activities to mark the 32nd anniversary of the state this month.

Conducting reporters around the station, Special Assistant to the Governor on Power and Managing Director of Ibom Power Company Meyene Etukudo said the station executed in collaboration with the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) had a 60MVA power transformer and three outgoing 33KV feeder bays.

“As you can hear from the humming sound, the energy is being received from the Ibom Power station. We had done the test-running of the equipment unannounced and everything is set for the official turning on of the station by the nation’s No. 2 citizen.”

“During the …exercise, the Vice President will enter the control room and load the feeder officially, and thereafter the station will be handed over to TCN”, he explained.

He said the Ekim sub-station would provide electricity to Ikot Abasi, Mkpat Enin, Onna, Oruk Anam, Eastern Obolo local government areas, maintaining that, Akwa Ibom State University, adjoining factories like the coconut oil refinery, metering manufacturing factory, syringe factory, the flour mill among others will gain more with the attendant reductions in their overhead costs.