The Rivers State Ministry of Power came into existence in July 1999. Its foundation can be traced to the former Electricity board which was a product of the then Rivers State Utility Board.
Thus when the Ministry of Power was established by the former Executive Governor of Rivers State Dr. Peter Odili, the resources of the then Electricity Board including Human and materials were transferred to the Ministry. In addition, related skilled/professional units within the state Civil Service were as well transferred to the Ministry. For example, the Electrical Unit of the State Ministry of WorksConsequently, Rivers State became the first State in the Federal Republic of Nigeria to establish a full-fledged Ministry with electricity delivery to its people.
As its major aim, Late Engr. Reginald Wilcox was appointed as Pioneer Commissioner (1999-2003) and Mr I.E.O. Samuel the first Permanent Secretary.The Ministry of Power upon its establishment rolled out a number of short and long term programmes aimed at meeting the electricity needs of the people and as such started and completed some of the following programmes from 1999 till date
- 75MW Eleme Gas Turbine Power Station is still under construction.
- 136MW Trans Amadi gas Turbine Power Station – Completed
- 150MW Omoku Gas Turbine Power Station – Completed
- 180MW Afam Gas Turbine (Phase 1)
- 180MW Afam Gas Turbine (Phase 2) is still under Construction
- 132KV (210km) State Grid Transmission Lines.
The Ministry of Power is the key agency responsible for developing and executing the policies of the Rivers State Government in the electricity Sector.