A’Ibom to replace vandalized electricity installations
By Theresa Ukpong, Uyo
Akwa Ibom state government says its would soon commence the replacement of vandalized electrical installations, transformer substations in Uyo, the state capital.
This was disclossed by the State Commissioner for Power & Petroleum Development, Dr. John Etim while on an inspection tour to some vandalized installations in the State Capital on Thursday
Etim expressed sadness over the wanting of destruction done to the installations.
The commissioner who inspected vandalized electricity installations at Ewet Housing Estate, Ekpri Nsukara, Anua Offot, Akamba Nsukara Offot and Atiku Abubakar road warned that henceforth the government would take the prosecution of vandals more serious.
He called on the people to be watchful and ensure that government facilities located in their communities were protected from all forms of vandalism adding that it must be everybody’s business to ensure their safety.
“If government spends money to install facilities for us, we should also live up to expectations, to make sure these facilities are safe, so If you see something, say something, by alerting the security agencies and other relevant authorities”.He said.
Etim said the State Assembly would soon enact a laid down rule for beneficiaries of government projects accountable, thereby, making them responsible for vandalized public utilities.
He described as unacceptable and irresponsible peoples’ refusal to pay their electricity bills after consumption and tasked electricity consumers to fulfil their own part of the bargain.
The inspection the commissioner disclosed was undertaken as a result of applications received from the affected communities and called on others with the same plight to apply to the ministry.