Borno’s 50 Megawatts Plant To Begin Soon – Zulum

Borno’s 50 Megawatts Plant To Begin Soon – Zulum
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By Hassan Jirgi, Maiduguri

Borno State Governor Babagana Umar Zulum, has assured the communities of the state, that soon megawatts gas power plant being funded by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), will be on stream to electrify parts of Borno State.

Zulum who disclosed this at a townhall meeting on insurgency attacks on power and
telecommunications equipment organized by the Federal Ministry of Information and culture in Maiduguri.

He described the nine-month blackout as a harrowing situation, particularly,to those who depend on the power supply for their daily livelihood.

He recalled that in August, the NNPC sealed a deal with contractors for the commencement of the plant in Maiduguri, which is expected to be completed in six months.

Governor Zulum expressed deep appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari, noting that in addition to the 50MW power plant, the President has directed the federal ministry of power to look into the possibility of establishing 150 megawatts power plant in Borno.

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“Let me at this juncture, convey my gratitude to the President and Commander in
Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari for his approval of an alternative power supply to Borno State.”

“A few days ago contract for the establishment of a 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 megawatts of the solar power plant in Borno State,” Zulum said.

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The Governor 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 successful repair work.

He called on the federal government to deploy technology to protect critical infrastructures across the country, in addition to a massive sensitisation campaign for citizens to take ownership and responsibilities of protecting facilities around them.

In his respond 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 properties, sensitisation of targeted communities, particularly where public properties are located to protect the infrastructures, expose, arrest and prosecute sellers and buyers of stolen public properties and sensitisation of the larger proportion of citizens to support the widespread campaign for the protection and ownership of public structures and properties.

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