President Muhammadu Buhari has welcomed the idea of using the Nworie River in Imo State to generate electricity for inhabitants of the State capital, Owerri and adjourning towns.
The State Governor, Hope Uzodinma disclosed this in an interview, after he met behind closed doors on Tuesday with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The Governor said he used the occasion of his visit to intimate the President on the potentials that abound in Nowrie River and he gave the nod to commence conceptual designs for the power generating project.
He said: “I request the President to consider locating a power generating facility in Nworie River, where we have been able to empty all the flood control system by balloon technology and the tide has gone up and because of the sufficient water in the river now, we can use that river to generate electricity to serve the entire Owerri metropolis.
“The President saw that as a good idea and pledged to support it and has given anticipatory approval for us to commence with the conceptual designs.
Tackling Security Challenges
The Governor also said Imo State has made a lot of progress in tackling security challenges across the State.
He emphasised that with the support the State government is giving security agencies, life has since returned to normal and the people are going about their normal activities.
“We have made tremendous progress, we have been able to confront the bandits and the situation in Imo now is relatively calm.
“The Imo State government has already procured some equipment for the State Commands of the Nigerian Police and the Department of Security Services, to be able to sustain our effort in confronting the monster.
“Only last week, we placed additional order for the procurement of more Armoured Personnel Carriers to be used by the Police in the 10 federal constituencies of Imo State and also, we are supporting them with some other equipment particularly in the area of technology to make their work easy for them,” he said.
On the forth-coming convention of the All Progressives Congress, APC, the Governor called on all Party members and supporters to remain calm as the leadership of the party is doing its best to ensure the right thing is done.
Imo State To Utilise River Nworie For Electricity