The Anambra State government under Willie Obiano did not facilitate the 33 KVA Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) transmission line between Awada and Ihiala, a former House of Representatives member, Chuma Nzeribe, has said.
In a statement at the weekend, Nzeribe, who represented Ihiala Federal Constituency, said he (Nzeribe) facilitated the project as a Federal lawmaker.
He said: “I read with shock Governor Obiano’s claim that he facilitated the 33KVA PHCN transmission line from Awada-Ihiala. The governor’s claim is totally erroneous. I attracted this project while in the House of Representatives to feed the N3.6 billion Ihiala 2x50MVA substation and N750 million Nnewi 1x15MVA injection substation.
“The 33KV transmission is meant to link up Ihiala from Awada Bay with high voltage electric power from Ughelli gas turbine project built by Siemens as part of Federal Government’s gas re-injection and gathering scheme in the Niger Delta area.
“I’ve continued to ensure yearly budget funding and supervision of this project since I left the National Assembly.
“This is a Federal Government of Nigeria project, and not Anambra State government project. It’s designed to help the 23 communities on its route.
“Governor Obiano’s claim is false and a clear attempt at subterfuge!
“I would have kept quiet but for the fact that I know what it cost me, in terms of legislative goodwill and even financially. It is painful that someone wants to ride on the labour of others to score political points.” The Nation