Cross River Governor, Senator Ben Ayade (L) exchanging pleasantries with former military administrators of the state, Captain Ibim Princewill rtd (2L) and Colonel Umar Farouk Ahmed rtd (2R) while former military administrator of Kwara state Colonel PAM Ogar rtd (R) watches on at the Senator Ben Ayade industrial boulevard, venue for the planting of 50 commemorative trees as part of activities to celebrate Cross River State at 50 last month.
Cross River Governor, Senator Ben Ayade (L) exchanging pleasantries with former military administrators of the state, Captain Ibim Princewill rtd (2L) and Colonel Umar Farouk Ahmed rtd (2R) while former military administrator of Kwara state Colonel PAM Ogar rtd (R) watches on at the Senator Ben Ayade industrial boulevard, venue for the planting of 50 commemorative trees as part of activities to celebrate Cross River State at 50 last month.

Few weeks to the completion of a 21 megawatt power plant in Calabar, the Cross River State government is set to commence the construction of another power plant, a 26mw gas powered turbine plant in Tinapa, Calabar.

 

Funded by Export-Import Bank of India and the Cross River State Government, the project is expected to be completed in 24 months.

 

World President, Skipper Seil Group, Mr. Jitender Sacheva disclosed this during a technical presentation of final execution plan for the proposed power generation project to Governor Ben Ayade in Government House, Calabar, yesterday.

 

According to Sacheva while offering more technical insight of the project averred that, “This project is not just the construction of the 1×26 mw power plant but it will also involve the construction of gas pipelines, a pump station as well as end to end gas distribution networks for domestic use.”

 

He contended that, “This project is long overdue and I’m excited that today it has been actualized because of your effort including your aides know the important of the project and weighed in promptly with several visits to India to fast tracking its timely execution. I am happy to announce to the people of Calabar that the project is now finally approved by Indian Government only waiting to be execution here in this state.”

 

The World President who was in company of other countries presidents added that, “Your Excellency, we are here basically to ask you to hand over to us physically, the land designated for the project so as to enable us commence construction works immediately.”

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“Your Excellency, we are setting two-year timeline but I assure you that the power plant will be commissioned before May 2019 when you are expected to begin your second tenure in office,” Sacheva concluded.

 

In his response, Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade who described the project as dream come true given his industrialization drive stated that,“Cross Riverians can be assured that we will be giving them 23 megawatts power coming from Parliamentary Extension plant while Skipper’s 26 megawatts will be coming out of Tinapa including 10mw solar plant giving us cumulatively, 56 megawatts of power, I can proudly tell you that Calabar will never be switched off again.”

 

While applauding their expertise in delivering power globally, Ayade maintained, “I have no doubt in your delivering capacity because I have visited all your offices home and abroad and my engineers will also be going for some testing and I am sure that once the license is issued shipment will commence.”

 

He reasoned that, “So, on the basis of that I want to seek for partnership between Cross River State and your company to build transmission line as soon as possible. This is very imperative because by the time we have 56 megawatts being generated now and I of course know that Federal Government has approved that Cross River owning Odukpani Power Plant with Over 500 megawatts and that it is only natural that they will channeled and retain 100 megawatts for our state’s consumption.”

 

“That gives us cumulative 156 megawatts for Cross River State which is enough to sustain us but it will not be fair enough if we retain all that power in Calabar. Calabar will need just about 45 megawatts including the Ayade industrial Park. So the rest must be evacuated across the entire spectrum of the State.”

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“We also like to see how we can work with you on the transmission line on the 274 km Superhighway because our hope is that we should be able to transmit at least 100 megawatts that will be distributed to other parts of the State and this cannot be done on the existing national grid because we lack a grid backbone to convey from the Odukpani power Plant to the Northern and Central Senatorial District, Ayade stressed.

 

On other significant benefit of the project, the governor explained that, “Street lights will be included in this grid and we shall extend street lights to Calabar South as soon as this power and parliamentary extension is completed.

 

The governor added, “I drive through the streets every night and for every light that is off pains me that is why I am getting the problem fixed fast. Hopefully I will gladly say that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Calabar will be lit and have all the street lights working. It will start from 6.30pm till 7 o’clock of the next day. There will be no closing hours rather it will become 24 hours.”

 

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