By Our Reporter
Jubilation hovers as people of Akamkpa ward, Ekori Anaku ward, Creek town ward 1, Creek town ward 2, Ikoneto, Odot, Akpap, Ifako, Okurikang, Usung Esuk, Urua Etak Uyo, Isong Inyang among others in Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River State, celebrate the return of public power supply in their communities.
The communities were left in total darkness for more than two (2) years after Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) packed their luggages in the communities over accumulated bills.
And, on Wednesday,17 February 2022, shouts filled the air across the various wards in Odukpani as electricity was restored courtesy the kind gesture of spirited son of the local government – Chief Ayi Etim Effiong.
Chief Ayi Etim said the move to clear the bills which ran into millions was his own way to give back to his people when he learnt darkness had taken over the entire affected communities.
“I discovered that darkness has taken over my community, not just my community, parts of Odukpani Local Government Area and this is what my father was standing for. For more than two years my people said they have not had light because of one challenge or the other that boils down to money.
“I decided that I will come to NEPA, I came and met with the zonal manager, Mr. Archibong and we discussed. So I have come and made the payment so that they can restore power.
“The total amount NEPA is talking about is over five million but we have made something very substantial, you know NEPA, you have to give something reasonable,” he disclosed to this medium.
The indigene of Akpap Okoyong Community noted that, helping his people to clear the bills and restore power is not tied to any political interest as 2023 beckons rather, towing kind gesture of his father.
He implored the people of the communities to play their parts and pay their bills as when due adding that, the ball is now in their court to sustain the light.
“The power that is going to be restored, I have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) within myself, the lawyers and NEPA that if the people fail to remit the money to appropriate quarters Power Holding has designated to pay in, they will disconnect them again and that will be nobody’s fault; it means they don’t like good thing.
“My message is that, as the power is restored, please they should take it very seriously and pay up subsequent billings so that we can stay with the light and let darkness not swallow the light God has given to us. Where there is light, insecurity runs away because most of the perpetrators of evils hide under darkness and you could imagine a local village like Creek Town and the rest,” he enjoined.
Also speaking, legal practitioner and indigene of Odukpani, Ekpenyong Akiba (Esq), said it is a thing of joy and a welcome development to the entire people of Odukpani.
He lauded the kind heart of the benefactor for coming to the aide of his people in a time they needed it most. He called on the benefiting communities to sustain the supply by paying their bills at the designated pay point when due.