A 50-megawatt gas power plant for Maiduguri and its environs was officially kicked off on Thursday by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
President Muhammadu Buhari gave his approval for the plant’s construction as an emergency power project.
According to NAN, the incident came after suspected terrorists attacked the National grid’s power supply lines (330 KVA and 132 KVA lines) to Maiduguri, causing a total blackout in the city and its environs for the previous nine months.
The Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, announced the project during the groundbreaking ceremony in Maiduguri, saying the NNPC would work with Chinese and American firms to complete it.
It was Zulum who remarked that the project would provide substantial relief to the people of Borno State and who thanked President Buhari’s government for sanctioning building of the country’s first 50-megawatt power plant.
Insurgents destroyed power towers, leaving the state’s socioeconomic operations paralysed, according to him, and he predicted that the plant will help to restore those activities.
In his remarks, he reassured people that his government was committed to working with all parties involved to complete the project on schedule, which was set at six months.
According to him, President Buhari and the people of Borno are grateful for NNPC’s care and assistance for the people of Borno.
Mr Mele Kyari, NNPC’s Group Managing Director, assured the audience that the project would be completed on time and that General Electric Global had already been given the contract for the supply of the gas turbine.
Kyari said that orders for turbines and other project-related equipment have already been placed.