Katsina- The Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, says the Federal Government is expected to inaugurate 10 power generating plants by December 2013.
Maku stated this on Monday when he inspected N78 million Maigora electrification expansion projects being executed by the Katsina state government in Faskari Local Government Area (LGA).
The Minister, who is on `Good Governance Tour’ in Katsina state, said other separate power generation projects were awarded in Niger and Adamawa states with combined capacity to supply huge megawatts for nation’s consumption.
Maku expressed satisfaction with Katsina State Government's preparation to maximally harness the Federal Government power generation projects.
According to him, such efforts will surely boost economic activities of the rural areas.
``When the plants became operational, Katsina will be among the high benefiting states from the development on the ground.
“The effort would facilitate active performance of local entrepreneurs, cottage industries and other small scale businesses that would rejuvenate economic growths in the communities."
Maku also inspected the ongoing N167 million Yankara water supply project in Faskari LGA awarded by the state government.
The minister expressed optimism that the initiatives would improve the wellbeing of the people.
He also inspected the 35 km Yankara-Maigora road, 40 km Shema-Kankara road as well as the 45 km Kakume-Guga-Bakori road, among others in Katsina south senatorial zone.
Speaking during the inspection tour, Katsina State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Abdullahi Garba, reiterated the state government's determination to provide people oriented projects, aimed at enhancing the standard of living of the people.
He said the projects executed have touched all aspects of their standard of living, such as education, health, agriculture, infrastructure and economic growth.
Abdullahi said that all projects were in line with the Federal Government development policies as well as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) initiative.
Also speaking, the Transition Committee Chairman of Faskari LGA, Isiyaku Faskari-Ahmad, said that adequate arrangements were made to ensure that people benefited with the electrification project.
He said that rice processing mills and other agro-allied industries as well as domestic businesses would be encouraged at the grass root.
NAN reports that the Minister was received by Katsina State Deputy Governor at the Zamfara state boarder.