ACF urges completion of vital projects
The Arewa Consultative Forum yesterday bemoaned the slow pace of work on some federal government projects in the country and urged the National Assembly to appropriate adequate funds in the 2017 budget for completion of the projects.
The forum in a statement after its meeting in Kaduna listed the projects as the Baro Port Terminal, the Mambilla Power project, the Kano-Maiduguri Dual Carriage Way, Kano-Lagos Railway, and others, saying they were of economic value and have direct bearing on the lives of the people.
The meeting also noted the “abysmally” low power generation and erratic power supply nationwide while questioning the wisdom of the privatization of the Power Holding Company (PHCN) and the capacity of the private entrepreneurs that bought the power generation and distribution outfits.
“ACF therefore calls on the federal government to take necessary and practical steps that will improve the power supply including reviewing the privatization. Government should also put in place a policy framework that will encourage investments in the renewable energy sector, (solar and coal) to compliment the thermal and hydro generating plants,” the forum stated.
It commended the efforts of the Nigerian military and the security agencies in tackling the insecurity situation with its limited personnel and equipment, noting that the on-going recruitment exercise into the various security organizations would strengthen the security outfits, and urged the youth to avail themselves to this opportunity.