MAIDUGURI, North-East, Nigeria – Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, has said a 50 megawatts gas power plant funded by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC), will soon be on stream to electrify parts of the state.
He made the disclosure during a town hall meeting on attacks on power and telecommunications equipment by insurgents, organized by the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture in Maiduguri on Thursday.
Prof Zulum informed that in August, a deal was sealed by the NNPC with contractors for the commencement of the plant in Maiduguri, which is expected to be completed in six months.
He expressed deep appreciation to President Buhari; pointing out that in addition to the 50MW power plant, the President also directed the Federal Ministry of Power to look into the possibility of establishing 150 mega watts power plant in Borno.
“Few days ago, contract for the establishment of thermal electricity plant in Maiduguri was signed by GMD NNPC, Mele Kyari and the contractors. The contractors are expected to resume very soon.
“The President has also directed the Federal Ministry of Power to look into the possibility of establishing 150 mega watts of solar power plant in Borno State,” he further stated.
Zulum who described the 9-month blackout as harrowing situation, particularly, to those who depend on power supply for their daily livelihoods; added that substantial resources have been committed to the efforts of power restoration to Maiduguri and surrounding communities both by the federal and state governments, which was destroyed days after a successful repair work.
The Governor also called on the federal government to deploy technology to protect critical infrastructure across the country, in addition to a massive sensitisation campaign for citizens to take ownership and responsibilities of protecting facilities within their community.
In his remarks, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the meeting seeks to achieve four main objectives which include; creation of public awareness for people to take ownership of public property, sensitisation of targeted communities particularly where public property are located to protect the infrastructures,
He added that the meeting will also help community members expose, arrest and prosecute sellers and buyers of stolen public property; and sensitisation of the larger proportion of citizens to support the widespread campaign for the protection and ownership of public structures and property.
Dignitaries at the meeting include; Senate President, represented by Senator Danladi Sankara; Deputy Governor of Borno State, Umar Usman Kadafur; former Governor of Borno, Ashkeikh Jarma; Minister of State for Agriculture, Mustapha Baba Shehuri.
Others are; former minister of FCT, Arch. Ibrahim Bunu; traditional rulers led by the Shehu of Borno, Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai Elkanemi; Secretary to the State Government, Usman Jidda Shuwa; members of the state executive council; and the state security chiefs led by the Theatre Commander, Major-General Christopher Musa; among others.