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Minister takes delivery of abandoned containers of power equipment

25 July 2014, 14:07

Lagos -  Prof. Chinedu Nebo, Minister of Power on Thursday took delivery of abandoned energy equipment in 248 containers from the Nigerian Customs Services at Apapa, Lagos.

The equipment were allegedly abandoned in the last 11 years by the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria, (PHCN).

The Minister said, while receiving the containers, that the delivery of the equipment was a thing of joy to the ministry.
Nebo said that the equipment were meant for Abo, Nbese, Obas-Nnewi, Danbata substations, Omotosho, Egbin, Aja lines.

Others are Acorn-Ibom 33kva line, Iganga-Ibora substation, Ikorodu Odogunyan Ishagamu transmission and Nsuka-Ayanbas lines.

According to him, the equipment are for power projects that ought to have been delivered about a decade ago.

Nebo said that the equipment ordered for by the defunct PHCN were fully paid for but abandoned at the Apapa terminal.

He said that federal government would find out why the equipment were abandoned at the port, adding that such act would not occur again.

"We now have a synergy with the Nigeria Customs Service and we are impressed with the understanding of the Nigerian Customs,” he said.

In his remarks, Mack Kast, the Managing Director, Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), said that the release of the equipment was special day to Nigerians and members of TCN.

-    NAN

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