April 22, 2024

Buhari flags off construction of 2×3/40MVA substation in A’Ibom

Buhari flags off construction of 2x3/40MVA substation in A’Ibom

Akpan Umoh, Uyo

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday performed a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of 2×30/40MVA substation worth N6.8 billion in Ibiono Ibom in Akwa Ibom to improve power generation and supply to the people.

Buhari, represented by the Minister of State for Power, Prince Goddy Jeddy-Agba, said the 2x30MVA substation was in fulfillment of his campaign promises to Akwa Ibom State.

“We are here for an official groundbreaking ceremony of the construction of the 2×30/40MVA substation at Ibiono Ibom.

“The contract for the engineering, procurement, and construction of 2×30/40MVA substation at Ibiono Ibom in Akwa Ibom State was awarded in favour of M/S Jamec West Africa Ltd. with a completion period of 18 months.

“The project is a campaign promise fulfilled to the good people of Akwa Ibom. I want to thank the good people of Idedep for donating the parcel of land for which the project will be sited,” Buhari said.

Buhari added that the project would improve service delivery and increase capacity to supply power to the good people of Akwa Ibom and other neighbouring states. 

He said that the project upon completion would strengthen the national grid by increasing its wheeling capacity to 25,000MW by 2025.

The President urged Akwa Ibom to provide all necessary support and assistance to ensure prompt competition of the project.

In his remarks, Gov. Udom Emmanuel pledged the state government support to the completion of the project as scheduled. 

Emmanuel, who was represented by the Commissioner for Power and Petroleum Development, Mr. John Etim, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for putting politics aside to award the project to Akwa Ibom.

“As a State Government, we will give all the necessary support needed to ensure the completion of this power project,” he said.

Earlier, Mr Philip Okpanefe, Assistant Director (Transmission), Federal Ministry of Power while introducing the project said that Federal Government has awarded the contract for the construction of the substation to JAMEC West Africa Ltd to complete the project within 18 months.

Okpanefe said that the contract has a foreign component and a local component, the foreign component is in dollars while the local component is in naira.

“The duration for the construction of the project is 18 months as approved by the Federal Executive Council,” Okpanefe said.

He called on the community people to cooperate and assist the contractor to ensure prompt completion of the project.

He warned that government would not be happy with the community for any delay after funds had been released to execute the contract.

The facilitator of the project, Sen. Ita Enang, former Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Niger Delta Affairs, said the project when completed would enhance the economic growth of the people, as small-scale businesses will spring up due to the availability of regular power supply.

Buhari flags off construction of 2x3/40MVA substation in A’Ibom

Enang, who is also the APC gubernatorial candidate in Akwa Ibom charged the people to protect the project, cooperate with the contractors to complete the contract within the stipulated time for the benefit of the community 

The former Special Assistant to the President of the National Assembly (Senate) commended Buhari for approving the project for the people of Akwa Ibom State.

He urged Akwa Ibom people to support the President and vote en masse for the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Sen. Bola Tinubu, and all APC candidates on Saturday presidential and national assembly elections.

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