In its avowed bid and determination to ensure steady and uninterruptable power to Ikot Abasi and Akwa Ibom State at large, the Ibom Power Board has sought the support and collaboration of host communities in Ikot Abasi local government.
While making remarks during a visit yesterday to the Paramount Ruler of Ikot Abasi and stakeholders of the area, the Board led by its Chairman, Engr. Etido Inyang said that Ikot Abasi was moving toward becoming a National hub for power but noted that it was only possible if peace was allowed to reign in the host communities.
Engr. Inyang informed the Paramount Ruler that Ibom Power was presently producing 115 out of 191 mega watts for phase one, however expressed displeasure that the company witnessed issues in two communities, Ukpom Ette and Ikpa Nung Assang which he noted disrupted the process of power evacuation.
While assuring the gathering the commitment of the state governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel to give dedicated power supply to Ikot Abasi and the state at large, the Ibom Power Board Chairman said that the Board was discharging its mandate as it was discussing with reasonable investors so as to ensure steady power supply by the end of this year.
In his response, the Paramount Ruler of Ikot Abasi, HRM Edidem Udo Joe Ntukobom while commending the Board for the visit, noted that it was the first time the Board would pay homage to the Palace since its inception.
While charging indigenes of the area to open their doors for development, the royal father noted that investors would only come in to invest in the area if constant power supply was assured and asserted that could only happen if peace is sustained in the area.
He thanked the Etido Inyang led Board for identifying with him, his Council and stakeholders of the area adding that the future of Ikot Abasi was in their hands.
HRM Ntukobom tasked the two communities of Ukpom Ette and Ikpa Nung Assang to give peace a chance so that development can set in to the area and not to go demanding pounds of flesh, adding that dialogue should rather be adopted. “what is expected of us is to let peace reign so that work can continue… we should desist from selfish interest but rather negotiate adopting a little to the right and a little to the left”.
Present during the visit were the Clan Head of Ukpom Ette, HRH Barr. C. M. Idemudo and the Clan Head of Ikpan Nung Assang, HRH Engr. Celestine Udia who both expressed their desire to see to an amicable resolution of the issues.
Others present were the Clan Head of Ikpa Ibekwe, HRH Etebom Akpan Uwe Unio while the Clan Head of Edem Eya, Eteidung Aniemo Essiet was represented.