…Approves $23.9 for power substations in Yobe, Taraba
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) Wednesday approved N3.4 billion for the restoration of power supply to Maiduguri, Borno state.
Minister of Power, Mr Abubakar D. Aliyu said this while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the weekly FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“As you are aware, Maiduguri got disconnected from the national grid due to activities of insurgents. They have been disconnected for over 24 months. About nine months ago or thereabout, we were able to supply Maiduguri through an old line which we resuscitated through the effort of the Borno State government’s rural electrification agency and the Transmission Company of Nigeria.
“They resuscitated a single line of 33 KV from Damaturu, Yobe State and through that we took a very small quantity of electricity which could only give electricity on the 11 KV line. So, we are now trying to supply through another new line, a double circuit 33 KV which can take up to around 40 Megawatts form the Damaturu 330 substation. This is at a cost of N3, 164, 293, 880 plus N250, 000 million for security and other logistics,” he said.
The minister said the council also approved $23.9 for the construction of power substations in Gaidam, Yobe state, and Zing in Taraba state.
He said the council also approved the construction of five multimillion dollars one-line power substations in Birnin Kudu, Babura and Kazaure in Jigawa state; Nguru, Yobe state; Oro, Kwara state and a 22 kilometre transmission line passing through Birnin Kudu-Missau-Ningi –Azare in Jigawa and Bauchi states.