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President Obasanjo Commissions Kano-Dutse Transmission Lines

Apr 27, 2007 -- Nigeria First/All Africa Global Media

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.

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