Five days before President Muhammadu Buhari returns to his Daura hometown, the Federal Executive Council, FEC in its valedictory session on Wednesday approved multi-billion naira contracts to boost power supply in Daura, Katsina State, Yobe as well as other parts of the country.
The Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu who disclosed this said:
“Council approved award of contract for the engineering procurement, construction and financing on the implementation of 330 KV and 132 kV line transmission lines and 33 KV, 11 KV and 400 PE distribution line project under phase 1 of the presidential power initiatives.
He revealed that the project was awarded in favour of two contractors in the sum total of $581,629,355.93, inclusive of 7.5%, at the prevailing exchange rate with period of completion 36 months as indicated.
“The recipient companies for lot one, from DL from Benin and Enugu DISCOS, Messes SLD electric.
”Then, Lot DM 3 Abuja, Jos, Kano, Kaduna DISCOS, Messrs China civil engineering construction cooperation totaling distance of around 13,000 kilometers for the two LOT and it has been graciously approved by council,” he added.
Besides the power project in Daura approved at the FEC session presided over by Buhari, the minister also disclosed that the Council approved the award of contract for the construction of 750 kilowatt solar PV power plant at the headquarters of where TCN is also situated in the sum of N1.6 billion with completion period of six months.”
He said: “Council also approved a routine maintenance for the Transmission Company of Nigeria.
”The council approved contract for the upgrading of the substation in Potiskum town in Yobe State with 132 power transformer.
”It is an existing substation, which has been there for a very long time with only one transformer and it serves a lot of areas around Potiskum.
“It is the largest town in the State with a very huge population and is the hub for commerce and transportation.
”So, with this upgrade, Potiskum will become a hub for electricity transmission and distribution.
“The other component of it is the line bringing additional line from Damaturu. Before now, the line is coming from Gombe, which is over 200 kilometers. It is a 132 single line coming into Potiskum to power the substation.