FG re­leases com­pen­sa­tion funds for N2tn Mam­billa project

The Punch - - BUSINESS - Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has re­leased funds for com­pen­sa­tion of those whose land and other prop­erty will be af­fected by the con­struc­tion of 3,050 megawatts Mam­billa Hy­dropower Power plant.

Min­is­ter of Power, Sale Mam­man, who dis­closed this on Fri­day through a state­ment is­sued by his me­dia aide, Em­manuel Bello, said that sur­vey work for the project and the com­pen­sa­tions were al­ready be­ing car­ried out as funds for them had been re­leased.

Mam­man urged Nige­ri­ans to sup­port the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to ac­tu­alise its en­ergy plans for the na­tion, adding that the gov­ern­ment was com­mit­ted to mak­ing the N2tn Mam­billa project in

Taraba a re­al­ity.

He noted that the ef­forts of gov­ern­ment were al­ready pay­ing off as ma­jor stake­hold­ers were key­ing into the vi­sion.

The min­is­ter said there had been pro­found sup­port from the Taraba State Gov­ern­ment, with the es­tab­lish­ment of the state Min­istry of Power to fur­ther push for the ac­tu­al­i­sa­tion of the power plant.

He was quoted as say­ing, “Af­ter close to five decades, this is the first time some clear-cut steps are be­ing taken to make that project a re­al­ity.

“This is his­toric and the Pres­i­dent needs to be com­mended for the po­lit­i­cal will to make the dream come true. We al­ready have col­lab­o­ra­tive meet­ings with all the stake­hold­ers and our part­ners at the state.”

The min­is­ter promised that the gov­ern­ment would con­tinue to up­date the pub­lic as work pro­gressed on the hy­dropower project.

On Novem­ber 7, 2019, dur­ing a visit to the Chi­nese Em­bassy in Abuja, the Min­is­ter of Power, Sale Mam­man, and his Wa­ter Re­sources coun­ter­part, Suleiman Adamu, de­scribed the Mam­billa power project as one of the le­gacy projects of the cur­rent gov­ern­ment.

Ac­com­pa­nied by the Min­is­ter of State for Power, Jedi Agba, the min­is­ters re­quested the em­bassy to impress on the China Ex­im­bank to ex­pe­dite ac­tion on the re­lease of the project loan for the com­mence­ment of work.

The power min­is­ter also told the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment to impress on the Ex­im­bank of China to has­ten the process for the re­lease of the loan as the project could not be frus­trated by any ar­bi­tra­tion.

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