Nigerians To Experience Stable Power Supply, As Buhari Commissions Mega Power Project

By Joshua Amaugo October 29, 2016 14:42

Nigerians To Experience Stable Power Supply, As Buhari Commissions Mega Power Project

President Muhammadu Buhari, is set to lighten up Nigeria with the generation of more megawatt of electricity, as his administration is set to complete the Gurara Hydro Power Plant, capable of adding 30 megawatts of electricity to the national grid.

The President, who made this known on Friday, October 28, through the Minster of Power, Works and Housing,  Babatunde Fashola, in Kaduna, when he visited the Gurara Dam project to assess the level of work, said the project is an earth-fill-rock dam, a multipurpose project, consisting a dam, water transfer tunnel, a power house, a power transmission line, an irrigation scheme, a spillway, a bottom outlet access roads, and associated works.‎

According to Fashola, the President Buhari administration is determined to increase the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity in the country, using various energy mix.

‎He said, “But you see that your country is developing wind power in Kastina, it is developing hydro power here in Kaduna.

“It is developing hydro power in Kasibila, we have been to Jebba, we have been to Kainji, Shiroro, slowly the energy mix is coming together,” Fashola said.

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The Minister, noted that government under his watch, would soon complete and begin the evacuation of electricity from the plant, adding that, approval has been granted by the Federal Executive Council, FEC, to complete the Gurara-Kudanda substation.

Speaking further, he said there is a collaboration between the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, and the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing in the Gurara project.

Based on the understanding, he expressed hope that the project would be completed early next year.

Amidst the development, ‎the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, had on Friday, also reiterated government’s resolve to fund critical infrastructural projects in the country, such as power, roads, transport, among several others, decrying that the nation spends over 30 percent of its income, meeting demands of foreign exchange for the importation of fuel.

Adeosun said, “We lose a lot of money exporting unprocessed raw materials.

“We don’t have the power to process, and that’s why we need to build infrastructure to export processed products, in order to earn more foreign exchange.

“If we have an enabling infrastructure, such as power, roads, among others, cost of doing business in Nigeria, will reduce drastically.

“Its a difficult time, but we will get out of it. We will survive and get better. Nigeria is tough, but we are very resilient,”‎ Adeosun said.