FG did not ig­nore Borno, Yobe – Wakil

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hamza Idris, Maiduguri

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.

PHOTO: SANI MAIKATANGA

Nige­rian Red Cross So­ci­ety of­fi­cials or­ga­niz­ing a mock emer­gency ses­sion yes­ter­day, in prepa­ra­tion for the next lo­cal govern­ment elec­tion in Kano State.

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