DAILYTRUST.COM - March 2009
The Steering Committee of the National Integrated Power Projects yesterday approved additional N43.29 billion for the rehabilitation of some PHCN facilities and equipment nationwide.
Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State made the announcement in Abuja, while addressing State House Correspondents at the end of the committee's meeting.
The Federal Government last year approved 5.3 billion dollars (about N768 billion) for the NIPP projects, while another N323 million was last week approved by the Steering Committee for similar rehabilitation works on power plants in the country.
Uduaghan said the N43.29 billion was meant to cover the rehabilitation of the PHCN infrastructure that were not captured in the ongoing rehabilitation of plants.
He said the projects involved the rehabilitation of existing power facilities of PHCN that covered generation, transmission and distribution.
"We are not only dealing with NIPP alone, but any other project that will improve power supply in the country".
"The projects include power plants in Ogbin, Oghhelli, Afam, Sapele, Kainji/Jebba, Shiroro and Power Distribution Companies in Kaduna, Kano, Yola, Ibadan, Eko and Jos. Others are Enugu, Benin, Port Harcourt, Ikeja, Abuja, Ikeredu and Amotosho power plants," he added.
The governor said another 480 million dollars (about N69.6 billion) was approved by the committee to fund the expansion work on the Alaoji Power Plant in Abia.
He said the project, when completed, would generate additional 1,074 megawatts of electricity into the National grid.
Uduaghan also said N2.1 billion was approved for the construction of a dam and jetty, to facilitate the evacuation of equipment meant for the Alaoji expansion work.
He said as part of government's efforts to generate at least 6,000 megawatts by December 2009, the NIPP Committee had initiated discussions with all contractors handling projects under NIPP. The governor said the dialogue was aimed at ensuring that payments were made for projects executed, and also to encourage the companies to accelerate action at their sites.
He appealed to Nigerians, particularly journalists, to expose those frustrating government's efforts toward improved power supply in the country. (NAN)