By: Ifeanyi Okonkwo (Anambra),
Legislators of the Anambra State House of Assembly (ASHA), have urged the Management of Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC), to connect Chikwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU), Igbariam and Uli campuses to the power grid.
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The Minority Leader of the House, Hon. Apostle Augustine Ofor, who is the Member representing Egwusigo Constituency, who is the chief mover of the motion, expressed worrise and disappointment over the lack of electricity at the Institution, while urging the EEDC to connect the Institution to the electricity grid.
Quoting sections 128 subsection 1 of the 1999 Constitution (as Amended), which empowers various Committees of the State House of Assembly to go on over sight functions on institutions and organizations of the state, the Majority Leader, emphasized that his Committee has been able to their duty.
Hon. Ofor, narrated his committee’s experience while interacting with the Vice Chancellor (VC) of the University, where several issues were raised with lack of energy been at the top list.
“It was shocking to the House Members to discover that since the inception of the school, it has been managed by management of the school without light”.
Member representing Orumba North Constituency, Hon. Romanus Obi, a member of the Committee, who was part of the team that visited the institution, lamented the fact that, lack of light would have negative effects on students. He stressed that, “Anambra is the light of the nation, and that such discovery is not acceptable.”
Hon. Uche Okafor, Member representing Ayamelum Constituency, while tasking EEDC, stating that, “COOU is the only University owned by the state and whatever it would take to connect the University to the electricity grid, should be done. It is surprising how much is been spent on generator weekly in running the institution, the state will spend less if electricity is fully put in place”.
Another member of the Committee, Hon. Barr. Kingsley Iruoba, Member representing Nnewi South 1, expressed displeasure over the lack of electricity at COOU and wondered how the students were coping.
He saying, “Students cannot read at night”. He pleaded with EEDC to do the needful.