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 all be concluded in the nearest future to prove to the people that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led federal government did not neglect them.
Wakil said despite security challenges, the dualization of MaiduguriDamaturu-Kano roads as well as the 330KVA station Damaturu and other projects embarked upon by the federal government are ongoing, stressing that those castigating the ruling government for doing nothing in the North-East are not in touch with reality.
The minister gave the assurance during a visit to the site of a 33 KVA transmission substation located along Damboa/Biu road in Borno state.
He said the PDP would in 2015 break the jinx in Borno and Yobe by taking over power from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
At present, Borno State gets less than 5 megawatts of electricity in a day, a development which cripples social and economic life of the people.
But Wakil said “The Goodluck Jonathan administration remains committed to make the people of Yobe and Borno States happy despite the spate 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.
“The substation is designed to strengthen power supply to Borno state which he said currently has very low level of power supply. 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 installations. Rural electrification projects of the Federal Government are also ongoing,” he said.
Earlier, the Deputy Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, who was in the minister’s entourage said the implementation of the project is progressing on schedule.