South-south governors meet, urge FG to review power situation

 

Governors of the South South states under the auspices of the BRACED (Bayelsa Rivers Akwa-Ibom Cross Rivers Edo and Delta) Commission, Tuesday, met in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital.

The meeting, which was hosted by Governor Douye Diri, had in attendance the Edo state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, the deputy governor of Delta state, Monday Onyeme and his Akwa Ibom counterpart, Senator Akon Eyakenyi.

Rivers state governor, Siminalayi Fubara, sent two representatives to the meeting.

In a communiqué read by Governor Obaseki, who is chairman of the commission, the South-South states lamented the persistent poor state of electricity in the region.

The commission noted that member-states had made huge investments in the power sector by successive governments of the region and called on the power companies operating in the region to work more closely with the state governments to ensure the operationalisation of the new Electricity Act of 2023.  

It also called on the federal government to embark on a comprehensive review of the power sector, particularly with reference to transmission.

While commending President Bola Tinubu for approving the construction of the coastal road from Lagos to Calabar, the commission called on the federal government to expedite work on the East-West road. 

It also stressed the need for member-states to develop better regional interconnectivity through road, rail, water and air systems.