ABUJA, Nigeria – Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, on Thursday in Abuja, met Minister of Power, Engineer Saleh Mamman, to discuss how to fast track the ongoing repairs of the transmission line along Maiduguri-Damaturu road, destroyed by Boko Haram.
The destruction which has plunged Maiduguri into darkness for nearly one month now, was made worse by some faults on two more power lines within the same area.
“It is now getting to one month since Maiduguri was put in total blackout. We are here to support, encourage and also appeal to your humble office to fast track the ongoing repairs so that energy can be restored.
“Borno State Government will do everything possible to support the processes,” Zulum said.
The Governor also sought assistance of the Federal Government for provision of solar grid and injection substations in some rural and urban areas of the State.
Speaking in his capacity as chairman of the Northeast Governors Forum, Zulum added his voice to the call for continued focus on the Mambila Hydro Power and Dadin Kowa projects sited in Taraba and Gombe States respectively.
He noted that when completed, the two projects have potentials of resolving many economic and social problems facing the region, through the utilization of energy for small, medium and large scale businesses.
Responding, the Power Minister, Engr. Mamman, assured that against all odds, the rehabilitation work will be completed as soon as possible.
As regards the provision of injection substations and solar grid, the Minister informed that the ministry had selected communities for the project, some of which were in Borno state.
The Ministry’s Director Renewable Rnergy, Engr. Faruk Yusuf; and Managing Director of Transmission Company of Nigeria, (TCN), Engr. Sule Abdulaziz, jointly briefed Governor Zulum on the new projects in the state.
Mamman thanked Zulum for the visit, and commended his style of people-driven leadership, describing the Borno helmsman as focused, brave and accountable.