‘Why con­struc­tion of N15bn power in­sti­tute de­layed’

Daily Trust - - ENERGY - By Si­mon Echewo­fun Sun­day

Dumped sand and loose soils are ham­per­ing the con­struc­tion of the N15 bil­lion per­ma­nent place of the Na­tional Power Train­ing In­sti­tute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) in Abuja, the agency has said.

Speak­ing dur­ing an in­spec­tion tour by the Min­is­ter of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, at the Idu in­dus­trial lay­out, Abuja, re­cently, the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of NAPTIN, Engr. Reuben Okeke, dis­closed that work was pro­gress­ing at a snail speed at the site.

He said: “When we started the main build­ing, we re­alised that be­fore we could get to the real soil we had to go down about 4.5me­tres and now that we are em­bark­ing on in­fra­struc­ture like roads and drainages, we dis­cov­ered that 70 per­cent of the land has this dumped use­less soil.”

Okeke, who also dis­closed that the orig­i­nal cost for the project was about N15­bil­lion, said around N2.4bn has been in­vested al­ready in the con­struc­tion process, adding that it would be odd to think of leav­ing the site for an­other place.

He said: “The fact still re­mains that to re­move this dump won’t cost as much be­cause any­where they would want to give us, we would have to start the in­vest­ment from the scratch. So it is a bet­ter op­tion to find a way of re­mov­ing this.”

He noted that they would write to the people that left the dump to come and ex­ca­vate it to the ap­proved place of about one kilo­me­tre from the neigh­bour­ing wa­ter treat­ment plant, where the dump was packed from about seven years ago.

Mean­while, Nebo, while ad­dress­ing news­men dur­ing the in­spec­tion, said power is the key to in­dus­trial revo­lu­tion in Nigeria, es­pe­cially as the coun­try has emerged the num­ber one econ­omy in Africa.

He com­mended the ef­forts of NAPTIN to de­velop in­fra­struc­ture, con­cept and ca­pac­ity, as­sur­ing that “Federal Govern­ment will con­tinue to em­power NAPTIN so that its dreams are re­alised.”

From left: Di­rec­tors of United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, Mrs. Foluke Ab­dulrasaq, Al­haji Ya­haya Zek­eri and Al­haji Jaa­faru Paki at the 52nd An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing of United Bank for Africa Plc held in La­gos on Fri­day

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