As the Chairman of Project Light Up Kogi East, (PLUKE), the Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Chief Edward Onoja, had paid a courtesy call to the Minister of State for Power, Goddy Agba to synergize on the PLUKE project embarked upon by administration of Governor Yahaya Bello.
Chief Onoja said the state government has concluded plans to light up many communities in Kogi East presently in perpetual darkness.
He said despite being the largest Senatorial district, over 90% of the entire rural areas in the district are without electrification.
This was made known in a statement on Sunday by Promise Emmanuel, the Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor, disclosed that government has set target to lift 100 communities, yearly, out of darkness.
He also highlighted the gap of underdevelopment bedeviling the region due to absence of electricity which is a vital engine of industrialization and socioeconomic development in all societies.
He condemned the negligence of past governments who left the region in total darkness which led to poverty and low substandard of living, stressing that renewable power models would also be applied in some selected communities
He also assured the readiness of the New Direction Government to actualize the project phase by phase as the 2020 budget has catered for the PLUKE project. He also used the occasion to talk about the responsive and responsible leadership which Governor Bello has provided to the region, citing the PLUKE project as a legacy project amongst other infrastructure such as roads, water and human resource empowerment which he has done for the region.
Responding,The Minister assured the Kogi state Government of readiness to collaborate with her to actualize the project. He thanked the Deputy Governor for the visit which he says goes to show the readiness of Kogi state Government to actualize the project.
The PLUKE project already is underway, with feasibility and stock taking studies in advanced stages of bridging the electricity gap in the Senatorial District.