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TCN urged to em­ploy in­di­genes for Akurba sub­sta­tion

- From Ibra­heem Hamza Muham­mad, Lafia Business · Nigeria News · Nigeria · John Bercow · Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) · Nasarawa State · Lafia · N26 (bank)

The Trans­mis­sion Com­pany of Nige­ria (TCN) should em­ploy in­di­genes of Nasarawa State to man the new power sub­sta­tion in Akurba Town, Lafia.

Gover­nor Ab­dul­lahi Sule made the ap­peal while in­spect­ing on­go­ing work on the site of the project, on Wed­nes­day.

“This will solve the prob­lems of ac­com­mo­da­tion and trans­porta­tion as these em­ploy­ees will be com­ing to work from home,” Sule said.

The Akurba power sub­sta­tion, which is presently at 95 per­cent com­ple­tion, is ex­pected to come on board a few months from now and when fully op­er­a­tional, it will solve the pro­longed power prob­lem not only in

Lafia but other parts of the state.

The Gen­eral Man­ager of the Nasarawa State Elec­tric­ity Power Agency (NaEPA), Engr. Abubakar Dan­juma Ango, said the pro­vi­sion of sta­ble power sup­ply would pro­vide huge in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, lead­ing to the es­tab­lish­ment of small, medium, and large scale in­dus­tries which would lead to growth and de­vel­op­ment.

Mean­while the Nasarawa State House of Assem­bly (NSHA) is set to as­sess the N62.96 bil­lion bud­get per­for­mance of the 2020 fis­cal year to­day, ahead of the 2021 bud­get pre­sen­ta­tion by Gov. Sule.

Hon Ibrahim Balarabe Ab­dul­lahi, the Speaker of the House dur­ing the House pro­ceed­ings said the as­sess­ment will be done be­fore the gover­nor presents the 2021 bud­get to the House.

“We are com­menc­ing over­sight func­tion to MDAs on Thurs­day, 15th Oc­to­ber, 2020, as His Ex­cel­lency, Gov. Ab­dul­lahi Sule will present the 2021 bud­get to the House very soon.

“Com­menc­ing the over­sight func­tion to MDAs will help us to as­sess the 2020 bud­get per­for­mance of the state as the over­sight func­tion is key to leg­isla­tive du­ties.”

The state ap­pro­pri­ated N108.4bn for 2020 which was later cut to N62.96bn due to the pan­demic. N31.9bn is for re­cur­rent ex­pen­di­ture; N26.5bn is for cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­ture; while the con­sol­i­dated Rev­enue Fund charge is N4.6bn.

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