FG did not ignore Borno, Yobe – Wakil
Minister of State for Power, Mohammed Wakil, at the weekend said ongoing projects in Borno and Yobe States would soon be concluded to prove that the PDP-led federal government did not neglect them. The minister spoke during a visit to the site of a 33 KVA transmission substation located along Damboa/Biu road in Borno State.
Wakil said despite security challenges, the dualisation of the Maiduguri-Damaturu-Kano road as well as the 330KVA power station in Damaturu and other projects embarked upon by the federal government are ongoing, stressing that those castigating the government for doing nothing in the North-east are not in touch with reality.
He said the PDP would in 2015 break the jinx in Borno and Yobe by taking over power from the APC.
Borno State presently gets less than five megawatts of electricity in a day, a development which has crippled social and economic activities in the state.
“The Goodluck Jonathan administration remains committed to making the people of Yobe and Borno States happy despite the activities of Boko Haram. The briefing by project managers showed that the substation is almost 80 percent completed with work ongoing to ensure completion at the earliest possible time”, he said. The substation is designed to strengthen power supply to the state, he added.
“I commend the project team for not bowing to terror. This is a demonstration of commitment that I cannot describe. Aside the transmission substation, a major transformer to boost power supply in Borno State will arrive latest by June. All arrangements have been completed for immediate installation. Rural electrification projects of the federal government are also ongoing “, the minister said.
Earlier, the Deputy Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, said the implementation of the project is progressing on schedule.
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