The Taskforce on power Supply in Gombe State has submitted its report with a recommendation for the establishment of a State Electricity Agency, to serve as a coordinating body for power related matters.
The Chairman of the taskforce Committee, Bello Gwarzo, while presenting the report to Governor Muhammadu Yahaya, said the recommendation was part of other recommendations in the short, medium and long term, was made after wide consultations with critical stakeholders.
Reading out the recommendations, the Chairman of the Taskforce Committee, Mallam Gwarzo said there was the need for relief transformers for areas that were being overloaded, as well as sealing of leakages, signing of undertaking on debts, because of the huge debts incurred by Gombe and other local government area, which could not be cleared easily.
Establishment of Workshop
He called for the establishment of a Workshop, which would be for the repairs of transformers, as well as a factory, where concrete poles would be manufactured and purchased.
The committee said it discovered that the supply from the transmitting company was adequate for Gombe State, hence the need for speed up work on the 2/60MBA Billiri Sub-Station.
The Committee said the completion of the Station would reduce the burden of Doma 33 KV Feeder, which was at present responsible for the supply to Akko and the four local government Areas in Gombe South Senatorial District.
Mallam Gwarzo said the committee recommended that the government sought for load increase from Jos Electricity Distribution Company and the need for the rebilling process, because they discovered gaps in the process.
Gas for Power Generation
He said the committee suggested the use of gas for power generation; the committee believed that when implemented, it would help in boosting power supply and engendering efficiency and effectiveness in the service delivery.
Receiving the report, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, resolved to partner with relevant agencies to tackle electricity challenges and take the State out of darkness.
He said the idea of constituting the taskforce as well as other committees was for his administration to get technical inputs as well as build bridges between practical operations and realities through the recommendations to assist government in its developmental plans.
Improved Power Supply
Governor Yahaya said his administration would leave no stone unturned to ensure that the State enjoys improved power supply and other basic amenities.
He said his recent meeting with the Managing Director of Transmission Company of Nigeria, had put him in a position to understand the power situation in the North East, describing the region as the most under-served in terms of electricity supply.
He however expressed optimism that electricity supply would soon improve, going by the assurances of the transmission company to complete the ongoing Billiri substation and other expansion projects within the State and the geo-political zone at large.
The Governor assured that his administration would continue to partner with all relevant stakeholders in the power sector to ensure that power was not only generated, but adequately transmitted and distributed for the benefit of all and sundry.
While appreciating the committee for a thorough and comprehensive job, Governor Yahaya promised to study and implement the short, medium and long term recommendations proffered by the taskforce.
He added that as a Governor, he would not fold his arms and see his people wallow in darkness.