It was tears of joy and jubilation for the people of Afikpo North/South constituency of Ebonyi state when their two-term representative in the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Iduma Igariwey, revealed his latest effort in solving the electricity problems bedevilling the constituency.
In a facebook post on Friday, alongside some pictures, the lawmaker said that he met with the Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, U. G Mohammed; in order for the latter to intervene in the electricity problems of Afikpo people.
He said: “With the MD/CEO of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, U. G Mohammed at the Chairman of the Committee on Appropriation, Hon. Muktar Betara’s office. I had to solicit the assistance and intervention of my immediate boss to finally bring the power supply problem in my constituency to an end.
“The prospects are very bright and this intractable problem of my people will soon be a thing of the past! A good way to have spent the day, working on solutions for something this important to us all.”
The post immediately attracted widespread comments and commendations from his constituents, many of whom expressed hope that the electricity issues will be resolved as soon as possible.
Commenting on the development, a constituent, Idam Kingsley Ogbonnia, said that the intervention shows the lawmaker is listening to the cries of his constituents and prayed for God to grant him the strength to resolve the power supply issues.
“With this step, we will know that our own son is hearing our cries and it’s yielding a positive result. More strength to accomplish this task,” he said.
Another constituent and retired General Manager at Nigerian Television Authority, Mr John Agha, expressed confidence in Igariwey resolving the light issues, even as he implored other representatives to throw their weight behind the lawmaker for the common objective of Afikpo people enjoying power supply.
“We count on you and our other representatives to bring to an end the deplorable public power situation in Afikpo. May God be your helper,” he said.
It could be recalled that lack of power supply has been one of the issues troubling the constituency, with residents using every available opportunity to point accusing fingers at politicians; despite the evident ineptitude of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) that has been in charge of power supply to the constituency since the privatisation of electricity in Nigeria.