Fashola Adds 700MW To National Grid
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola has disclosed that the on-going construction work on the Zungeru Hydroelectric Power Plant Project would add 700MW to the national grid when completed.
This is as a result of the pursuit for regular and reliable electricity supply nationwide.
The Minister who was represented by the Director, Energy Resources in the Ministry, Engr. Emmanuel Ajayi made this disclosure recently during the River Closure Ceremony of the project at Zungeru, Niger State.
He described the project being carried out in conjunction with a consortium of major Chinese Companies as one of the biggest hydro-electric power projects in the country.
He said that it is a great and feasible feat that would boost the provision of electricity supply nation-wide. He also pointed out that it is a good omen for the attainment of the present administration’s thrust of providing incremental, sustainable and uninterrupted power supply which Nigerians are yeaming for.
The Minister commended the efforts of those who contributed to the construction of the project and advised the host communities to maintain peace as government has put in place modalities to ensure adequate compensations and resettlement of the affected people around the project site.
The Governor of Niger State, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, represented by the Commissioner for Works and Transport, Abdulmalik Usman Cheche stated that Niger State is housing yet another power project of 700MW apart from the 3 other power projects already sited in the State.
He commended the federal government for creating mass employment to their people, he also noted that the project has already created over 5,000 employments to the host communities.
The Governor gave assurance of the safety of the contractors and workers on the site, saying that the deployment of soldiers to the station is government’s proactive response to its citizenry as no responsible government will fold its arms on security of such a huge investment.
The Vice President of SinoHydro Consortuim, one of the contracting companies handling the project, Xiao Jun pledged his company’s readiness to promote the project in line with the contract agreement, he gave assurance that the project would be realized on record time.
The Project Director of employers’ Representative (Engr. (Dr.) Adewumi); the Project Director of CNEEC-SinoHydro Consortium (Wu Guisheng) and the Vice President of PowerChina International Group Limited (Tian Haha) also graced the ceremony.