Terrorists sabotaging power supply in the northeast – FG

Energy Minister Abubakar Aliyu said terrorists were sabotaging efforts to provide stable and reliable power supply to Nigerians, especially in the northeast.

Speaking to reporters after the Federal Executive Council meeting, he said the FEC had approved various contracts in the energy and water resources sectors, totaling N23,047,974,090.

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He said the government was compelled to come up with alternative, but less efficient means to supply power to the affected areas especially Maiduguri in Borno State via Damaturu substation.

He said his officials were unable to access vandalized power infrastructure in Niger State, including Shiroro, to determine their problem due to insecurity in the area.

Aliyu said the project, which would cost $6,717,673.13 in offshore component and N1,313,323,271.25, has been approved for award to Messers Six Rix Management.

He said other power projects approved were for the design, supply and installation of a 1×60 MVA, 132×33 KV transmission substation with associated 4×132 KV line bay extension in the Hong Council area of ​​Adamawa State in favor of Messers Associate Power Solution Engineering Ltd in the sum of N6,529,589,637.28 consisting of two components, one is offshore and onshore.

He said offshore was $6,932,289.20; and onshore, N3,337,250,789.77 at the prevailing CBN exchange rate and 7.5% VAT with a delivery time of 24 months.

He said, “The second memorandum is also to procure power transformers and associated spare parts for the TCN to be deployed at six sites as follows: One is at Aiyede in Oyo State at Messers T and D Technologies Limited. Offshore component $1.8 million, onshore is N98 million.

“The second is Gusau in Zamfara State, same project at Messers Basharri limited. The third is Kankia in Katsina State, which is to benefit from the same project to be supplied by Messers Farmamade energy limited.

“Next is Minna, Niger State is also to take advantage of Messers Crossworld limited global technology project. Then the fifth is to Okearo in Ogun to take advantage of the same transformer.

He gave the total amount approved for the project consisting of a dollar component of $22,670,416.33 and the naira component is 5,141,924,927.2 naira.

The vice president’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, said the council had also approved a N939 million water supply project in Gombe state.

Alan A. Seibert