Nigerians to experience turnaround on electricity supply

By Golfa Francis, Abuja

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Mambilla Hydropower dam project.

Top officials of the Nigerian Government and Taraba State have reached a logical conclusion after a meeting in Abuja on how to actualise the Mambilla Hydropower dam project.

The 3,050MW Hydro Electric Mambilla Power project in Taraba State, North-eastern Nigeria is being developed on the Dongo River in Kakara by Nigeria’s Ministry of Power.

The Minister of Power, Sale Mamman says ”the Mambilla Power project is a legacy project of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration that is being pursued with all the commitment required and If operational, it will be Nigeria’s biggest power plant, producing approximately 4.7 billion kWh of electricity a year.”

”President Buhari has ensured that everything is in place to ensure the project actualisation,” Mamman said.

Direct impact
The Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku said the dam would have direct impact on the economic sector of Nigeria, agriculture, tourism and other aspects, stating that he was impressed with the determination of the Nigerian government to carryout the project.

Governor Ishaku implored government to ensure that Taraba State benefits from the project.

“Already, my administration has constituted a sensitisation committee to ensure that affected communities buy into the projects by agreeing to be compensated and relocated,”the Governor stated.

The sensitisation meeting attended by traditional rulers, political leaders and members of the Taraba Executive Council was organised by the Taraba State Government, to demonstrate the state’s readiness to support various initiatives of the Ministry of Power.

Pledging the unalloyed support of his administration, Governor Ishaku said road construction to the site of the project was ongoing.

A Project Delivery Committee had been inaugurated to provide strategic planning and management of the Hydroelectric Mambilla Power Project.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the Project Delivery Committee, Mr Faruk Yabo assured the Nigerian and Taraba State Governments as well as Nigerians that the committee would work tirelessly towards the actualisation of the Project for the betterment of all and the development of the economy.

The Mambilla hydroelectric project was originally conceived 40 years ago and was put on hold due to administrative clashes, until it received government approval in 2016.

The Federal Ministry of Power Works and Housing awarded the project development contract to a consortium of three Chinese companies including the Gezhouba Group, in November 2017.

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere