Residents of Aba and environs has reasons to rejoice again as Nigerian Navy and Geometric Power partnered to restore electricity to manufacturing firms, hotels, schools, hospitals, communities as well as military and police establishments on the 14.5-kilometre road from the Tonimas Petroleum Factory on the Aba-Port Harcourt Expressway to Owerrenta in Isiala Ngwa South Local Government Area and a part of Isiala North Local Government Area both in Abia State. They are now enjoying electricity, for the first since the first quarter of 2021 when the 33KV feeder supplying them electricity was heavily vandalised by unknown criminals.
The restoration was made possible by a new collaboration between the Nigerian Navy, which has its School of Finance and Logistics at Owerrenta and Geometric Power Limited which has since last February been enfranchised to provide electricity to nine out of the 17 local government areas in Abia State referred to as Aba Ring Fenced Area.
“This is the kind of cooperation needed between critical organisations in the country in these tough times so as to get our nation out of the present development morass and move rapidly in the right direction”, says Anthony Ike Alozie, an accountant and management consultant whose community in Isiala Ngwa North LGA on two occasions almost lost its distribution transformer to vandals when the area was covered by the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC). The erstwhile executive with the American oil and gas-servicing giant, Halliburton stated: “My community and I feel inspired by the Navy example to take steps very soon to work with Aba Power, a member of Geometric Power group founded by former Minister Bart Nnaji, to restore power supply to us”.