Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, the governor of Borno State, lay the foundation stone in Maiduguri on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari for the construction of a 50 megawatt emergency power plant, which would be sponsored by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
President Buhari approved the gas plant as part of a package of steps to alleviate power shortages caused by Boko Haram rebel attacks on existing federal government electricity installations, which have left the city without power for the past nine months.
In Maiduguri yesterday, Zulum said the plant would have a beneficial impact on the state’s economy, stressing that the massive intervention would provide relief to the entire state, which is why his administration would engage with all stakeholders to ensure smooth power delivery.
Boko Haram insurgents have broken 33KVA transmission tower lines along the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway in the previous nine months, thwarting all efforts to restore power in the capital city, according to the governor.
The governor conveyed Borno’s gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari, NNPC Group Managing Director Mele Kolo Kyari, a Borno State native, and all high-level players who helped the power project get off the ground.
Mele Kolo Kyari, NNPC’s group managing director, assured that the project would be completed on time, stressing that orders for turbines and other facilities had already been placed.
“ The project will be completed on schedule, and orders for turbines and other equipment have been placed. The power plant in Maiduguri would serve as a model for other cities around the country, according to Kyari.
China Machinery Engineering Company, CMEC, and General Electric, GE, will work together to complete the project. While the Chinese company will handle the engineering, procurement, and construction, GE, an American company, will build the equipment for Maiduguri’s Emergency Power Project.
The event was attended by Umar Usman Kadafur, the deputy governor of Borno State, Abdulkarim Lawan, the speaker of the State House of Assembly, key executives from the NNPC and contractors for the project, political figures, and high officials from the Borno State government.