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Buhari Pledges To Prioritise Power Projects

Posted: Jun 30, 2015 at 8:46 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chesa Chesa,  Abuja 


President Muhammadu Buhari has reaffirmed his administration’s desire to prioritise the rapid improvement of power supply across Nigeria.

He spoke at the Presidential Villa on Monday during a meeting officials of CGGC, the Chinese Construction Company working on the Mambilla Power Project in Taraba state.

The President said that it was quite regrettable that power generation in  Nigeria had failed to keep pace with national needs over the years.

He promised that his administration would therefore ensure that the Mambilla project and other unfinished hydro-power projects in the country are completed expeditiously to boost power supply in the country.

According to him: “I am very much interested in Mambilla and other hydro-power projects, not only for the improvement of power but also for irrigation as  both power and irrigation projects will help to improve the lives of Nigerians.

“I am going to ask for details of the Mambilla Hydro-Power Project and others. Very soon, we will get together and redefine the project agreements for faster results”, Buhari said.

Managing Director of CGGC, Mr. Zhang Heng,  who led his company’s delegation, told the President that work on the Mambilla project was being delayed by the failure of previous administrations to provide the counterpart funding specified in the agreement with the Chinese government.

The CGGC delegation was accompanied to the Presidential Villa by Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State.

Meanwhile, the President has restored the Villa Press Identity Pass of the State House Correspondent for Radio/TV Deutsche Welle, Ubale Musa, which was withdrawn in the last days of the Jonathan Administration.

Presenting the re-issued  Press Pass to Musa at the Presidential Villa, the Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), Femi Adesina, said the move was in keeping with Buhari’s commitment to correcting the wrongs of the past.

“Part of the change promised by President Buhari is correcting things that were wrongly done before. Mr. Ubale Musa’s accreditation was wrongly withdrawn.

“To redress the wrong done to him by the withdrawal, we have returned his Villa Press Pass to him so that he can continue his work without hindrance”, Adesina said.