President Muhammadu Buhari says his government will give “highest possible priority” to projects that could enhance rapid improvement of power supply across Nigeria.
The President made the pledge while addressing officials of Gezhouba Construction Group Corporation (GCGC), a Chinese construction firm working on the Mambilla Power Project in Abuja.
President Buhari lamented that power generation in Nigeria had failed to keep pace with national needs over the years. He, therefore, promised to ensure that the Mambilla project and other unfinished hydro-power projects in the country are completed expeditiously to boost power supply in the country. “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.
The Managing Director of CGGC, 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.
By Olisemeka Obeche