FG Okays N31Bn for Taraba Power Project





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Federal Executive Council, has okayed N31.3 billion  for the construction of a 40 megawatts electricity project as part of the Kashim Billa Dam in Taraba State.

 

The Minister of Information, Labaran Maku stated this on Wednesday while briefing Stare House a correspondents at the end of the meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan and attended by Vice President Namadi Sambo and most Ministers at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Maku who briefed in company with the Minister of State Power, Mohammed

Wakil, and Director General of the Bureau for Public Procurement, BPP,

Engineer Emeka Eze, disclosed that the meeting was dedicated mainly to

the review of the reports on erosion projects currently going on in the

South East states of Nigeria, amongst other.

He noted that following the importance attached to the project by

President Jonathan, the meeting reviewed the progress made so far on the

erosion project and resolved to ensure early conclusion of all the

projects

According to Maku “we devoted a substantial part of today’s federal

executive Council to review of report of the erosion control project in

the south eastern part of Nigeria.

“As you are all aware, Mr. President, on assumption of power, promised

prompt intervention in resolving some of the key erosion problems in the

south east which is known throughout this country to be the most

affected when it comes to erosion.

 

“Several communities in the south east have always been affected and Mr

President had promised to handle some of these projects in order to

bring relief and stop the deterioration of the environment and the

destruction of their means of livelihood.

“The President had since 2011 awarded contracts for several erosion

projects in the south east for erosion control as part of measures to

fulfill his promise to the people

“Members of the Presidential Committee on Erosion and Flood Control who

visited the various communities had noted that erosion remained one of

the ecological challenges affecting almost all the states in the

South-Eastern part of Nigeria, with some as deep as 20 feet”.

The DG BPP,  Eze in his contribution noted that President Jonathan,

worried over the slow pace of work, had inaugurated a committee to

review all the erosion control contracts in the affected area.

 

He said, “Today, the committee reported back to Council on its findings

and recommendations to ensure speedy completion of the projects

currently ongoing

“We were reassured that the ecological office has started the

ratification of all the teething problems connected with the erosion

He identified some of the challenges to include irregularity of funding,

administrative bottlenecks and inadequate technical supervision, even as

he assured that the projects will be completed under the current

“In the last one year, most of the projects are now doing very well and

we want to make sure that environmental sustainability in the south east

which is the main aim of Mr. President are achieved under the

dispensation of the current administration” he said.

Maku also disclosed that Federal government approved the contract for

the evacuation of the 40 megawatts hydro-electricity component of the

Kashim Billa multi-purpose hydro dam.

He noted that the dam was designed for agriculture, water supply and

electricity, is expected to provide jobs for thousands of Nigerians on

completion.

The contract estimated at N31.2 billion will include the development of

infrastructure for evacuating power from the dam

The project is expected to benefit well over six different states in the

north east, adding that the project will be completed in 18 months.

 

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