By Yakubu Uba
Maiduguri, Oct. 1, 2021 The Federal Government on Thursday began the construction of a 50 megawatts gas power plant for supply of electricity to Maiduguri and environs.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the power plant project was approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.
This followed the continuous attack on power supply lines from the National grid to Maiduguri which has put the city and environs in total blackout for the past nine months.
Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony in Maiduguri, Gov. Babagana Zulum, said the project would be executed by the Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC) in collaboration with Chinese and American firms.
He said that project would bring a significant relief to the people of Borno.
Zulum said the plant would impact positively on socio-economic activities of the state which has been adversely affected.
He assured residents of the commitment of his administration to work with all stakeholders to ensure the successful completion of the project in the stipulated six months time frame.
He expressed the appreciation of the government and people of Borno to Buhari and NNPC for the sustained concern and support to the people of Borno.
In his remarks, the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mr Mele Kyari, gave the assurance that the project would be delivered in good time.
Kyari said orders has already been placed for turbine and other facilities for the project.
FG begins work on 50mw Maiduguri power plant
By Yakubu Uba