ACF urges com­ple­tion of vi­tal projects

Weekly Trust - - News - An­drew Agbese, Kaduna

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.

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