President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated the Maiduguri Emergency Power Project. He said the project is a testament of the zeal by his administration to achieve a stable, uninterrupted power supply.
The giant gas plant, constructed by the Nigeria National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC Ltd), would supply 50 megawatts of electricity to Maiduguri and its environs.
According to him, his administration has worked hard enough to tackle the perennial power challenges facing the country, and now has laid the foundation for a strong, prosperous country through the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.
“The Maiduguri Emergency Power Project is part of an incremental 4,000MW of power generating assets that this administration embarked upon to improve national power supply and stimulate economic growth.
“The aggressive project strategy deployed to complete this project on schedule is a total reflection of Federal Government sensitivities in identifying and easing the plight of the Nigerians; particularly those recovering from the adverse impact of the insurgency in this North-east region.
“Over the past few years, insurgents had attacked power supply lines along Maiduguri-Damaturu and Maiduguri-Damboa-Biu roads leading to acute power supply shortages to the city of Maiduguri and its environs and crippling the economic activities in the region.
”For this purposeful response, I want to commend the NNPC Ltd for following my directive to ensure the immediate restoration of reliable power supply to Maiduguri within the shortest possible time,” the President said.
Buhari assured that he is committed to resolving the resolve to implement programmes, particularly in the power sector, that deepen domestic gas utilization, expand national power generation capacity, revitalize industries and create multiple jobs for economic growth.
He directed the ministry of power and other relevant agencies namely, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc, and Transmission Company of Nigeria to continue to collaborate with NNPC Ltd to ensure that millions of Nigerians access affordable electricity in the short term.