Apr 27, 2007 -- Nigeria First/All Africa Global
President Olusegun Obasanjo, on April 26 commissioned
the Kano-Dutse 132KVA Double Circuit Transmission
Lines as part of his administration's commitment
aimed at improving the power supply situation
in the country.
The President who said that the project was designed
to open up an alterative power source to the North
Eastern parts of the country, called on the private
sector to complement the efforts of his administration
in its on-going reform of the power sector.
He expressed optimism that the commissioning
of the project will transform the socio-economic
activities of the people of the North Eastern
states, particularly Jigawa and Bauchi States.
While expressing satisfaction with the level
of achievements recorded in the power sector,
he said his administration has taken steps to
improve the deteriorating state of the power sector.
President Obasanjo recalled the ongoing construction
of eleven new energy projects designed to increase
the nation's generation capacity to over 10,000
megawatts by the end of 2008.
He noted that the project being commissioned
was inherited by his administration but was re-awarded
to another company when it became clear that the
job done by the former company was not good enough.
Minister of Energy, Dr. Edmund Daukoro, in his
address noted that the project would go a long
way to add value to the socio- economic activities
of the people of the benefiting states.
Dr. Daukoro who stated that the Kano-Dutse132KV
Double Circuit Transmission lines was re awarded
in 2001 at the cost of 6.6 billion naira to cover
a distance of three hundred kilometers, urged
the benefiting communities to cooperate with the
officials of the Power Holding Company and protect
the installation against the activities of vandals.