The Head of Service Mrs Geraldine Akpet-Ekanem has expressed dissatisfaction over the power outage experienced at the State Secretariat as well as other Government Offices which has stalled government businesses for over a month.
She stated this while receiving a team from the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED), Calabar who were in her office to discuss the issues bothering on the disconnection of electricity in government offices in Calabar.
The Head of Service noted that the actions of PHED were tantamount to eroding the existing goodwill between them and the government as well undermining of her office by the power agency.
While acknowledging the burden on PHED and the implications on their financial status, she maintained however that pulling down electricity in government offices was an action taken too far without recourse to consultations and negotiations.
Mrs. Ekanem urged the team to reconnect as this would ‘soften the ground’ for the issues to be resolved amicably.
Earlier in his remarks, the Head, PHED, Calabar, Mr. Collins Igwe, expressed regrets over the ‘militancy approach’ employed by his agency, in abruptly disconnecting power supply from all government offices in Calabar.
He maintained that the action was necessitated by the huge debt owed the agency by both Federal and State Government offices, as well as their residential quarters.
Mr. Igwe advised Government offices to adopt modalities to manage energy such as putting off Air Conditioners and other energy-consuming appliances when not in use, replace power consuming appliances such as bulbs with energy savers which would ultimately result in reduced bills at the end of the month and make for easier payment.
The PHED Calabar boss who expressed appreciation to the Head of Service for initiating the meeting, promised to restore power supply to Government offices soonest.
In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of International Development Corporation and Provost College of Permanent Secretaries, Mr. Ogbang Akwaji, called for a change of approach by the PHED officials and urged them to embrace diplomacy in all government relations.
Also present at the meeting were Permanent Secretaries of various Ministries, Departments and Agencies.