POLITICS

Zulum Meets Power Minister Over Maiduguri, Rural Areas Blackout

As a measure to fast track ongoing repairs of a transmission line along Maiduguri-Damaturu road, which was destroyed by Boko Haram, Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum on Thursday met with the minister of power, Engr. Saleh Mamman in Abuja.

Boko Haram terrorists had used improvised explosive device to destroy the transmission line and caused the state capital, Maiduguri in darkness for nearly a month now.

The situation was made worse by some faults on two more power lines within the same area.

Zulum said during the visit, “It is now getting to one month since Maiduguri was put in total blackout. We are here to support, encourage and to also appeal to your humble office to fast track the ongoing repairs so that energy can be restored. Borno state government will do everything possible to support the processes”.

Zulum also sought assistance of the federal government on the provision of solar grid and injection of substations in some rural and urban areas of Borno.

Speaking in his capacity as chairman of the Northeast Governors Forum, Zulum added his voice in calling for continued focus on the Mambila hydro power and Dadin Kowa projects sited in Taraba and Gombe states respectively.

He noted that when completed, the two projects have potentials of resolving many economic and social problems facing the northeast, through the utilization of energy for small, medium and large scale businesses.

Responding, Engr. Mamman assured that despite all odds, the rehabilitation work will be completed as soon as possible.

As regards the provision of injection substations and solar grid, the minister informed Zulum, that the ministry had selected communities for the project, some of which were in Borno.

The ministry’s director renewable energy, Engr. Faruk Yabo Yusuf and managing director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Engr. Sule Ahmed Abdulaziz, jointly briefed Governor Zulum on new projects in Borno.

The power minister thanked Zulum for the visit, and commended his style of people-driven leadership, describing the Borno governor as focused, brave and accountable.

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