The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has been issued a six month ultimatum to complete two power sub-stations in Kano state. Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Power, Magaji Dau Aliyu gave the ultimatum while leading its members to inspect some power projects abandoned in Kano.
The two projects include 2/40 MVA sub-station in Walalambe Community of Nasarawa Local Government Area, and a 3/30 KVA station in Rimin Zakara, Ungoggo Local Government Area.
Da’u said the Walalambe project started 15 years ago is completed, and that it would boost the economic activities of many communities, especially that of Dakata industrial area.
He explained that the project in Rimin Zakara, if completed will also assist in ending the problems of power supply and distribution in Kano. “We are in Kano to inspect the power projects as we were instructed by the Speaker, Femi Gbajiabiamila following complaints by the Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) and also the member representing Nasarawa Constituency, Alhaji Nasiru Ali Ahmed over the power project abandoned in his area.
“Therefore, the project must be completed by December 1, and we are going to do everything possible at the assembly level to ensure that the funds are provided,” he said.
Hon Aliyu explained further that the projects would add a lot of value to the power supply and distribution in the State, especially with the Siemens project on the way. He assured that the lawmakers will do everything possible to facilitate the speedy completion of the projects so that people can benefit.
“Presently, there are uncompleted power projects in the country worth over N156 billion under the TCN, and we are working towards ensuring the completion of those projects”, he said.
Responding, the Assistant General Manager, TCN Kano Service, Malam Muhammad Kamar said the Walalambe project started 16 years ago, but later stopped and was continued recently. He further assured the Committee that TCN will put all efforts to meet the dateline given to them, saying that it has reached 30 per cent completion so far.
Kamar, while commending the Committee on their efforts added that “the up shore materials for the project in Walalambe are 100 per cent ready”.
Also speaking, the chief technical officer KEDCO, Engr David Omoleye, said such target on the 3/30 KVA station which is 75% completion, cannot be achieved until the dual power line project from Kaduna-Kano take up.
By Chibisi Ohakah, Abuja