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FG Commits to improved electricity supply in 2022

By Scholastica Joseph, Makurdi

Minister of Power, Engr. Abubakar Aliyu, has assured Nigerians of improved electricity supply across the country, as the federal government continues to rehabilitate and upgrade capacity of existing infrastructure and injecting new ones.

The Minister gave this assurance when he led his team on a courtesy visit to Governor Samuel Ortom in Government House, Makurdi, while on working visit to the state to inspect the first phase of ongoing sub-station power plant project in Yandev, Gboko Local Government Area of Benue.

Engineer Aliyu, who enumerated several power projects been executed to boost electricity across Nigeria, said they were in the state to inspect ongoing work on the Yandev Power Substation, an office shoot of Kashimbila Power Generation Dam.

He said first phase of the work which is upgrading of the substation has been completed and will be able to generate 40 Mega watts of electricity to boost power supply in parts of the state.

According to him, phase two of the project which has reached 40 percent was to carry the transmission lines from Yandev to Makurdi and other parts of the state.

“We will see increase this year 2022. It is a year of delivery. The Yandev to Makurdi transmission line will be completed within 6 months”.

The minister who was accompanied by the Minister of State for Power, Goddy Agba and other officials of the ministry said the project was part of efforts of the Federal government to boost power generation and distribution in the country.

Rrsponding, Governor Samuel Ortom commended President Muhammadu Buhari for giving attention to the power sector saying “though we are not there yet, there has been immense improvement in what the power sector use to be”.

He however urged the ministry to do more to improve the power generation of Nigeria expressing confidence that when there is electricity, there will be industrialisation and massive recruitment of the teeming population.

While advocating for synergy between the Federal, States and Local Governments towards funding of the power sector, Ortom said his administration is ready to support federal government projects and any initiative to boost power in the state.

He appealed to the Ministry to ensure that Distribution Companies, DISCOs provides electricity infrastructure to customers especially the procurement of transformers.

He furrher appreciated the co-operation of the senator representing Benue North East and chairman Senate Committee on power, Dr Gabriel Suswam for the progress recorded in the sector.

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