FG did not ig­nore Borno, Yobe - Wakil

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Hamza Idris, Maiduguri

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.

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