Abuja - The Federal Executive Council has approved a US$2,2 million contract for a 60MVA transformer to complement the overloaded Baga substation in Borno State which is already overloaded.
This component is in addition of N206 million meant for the project, which will be completed in twelve months and subsequently give a corridor for future expansion.
According to Minister of State for Power, Mohammed Wakil, the 60 MVA when completed, will expand the transmission capacity to adequately meet the power needs of the state in addition to providing room for future expansion to meet future electricity need.
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Wakil, who was full of praise for President Goodluck Jonathan's transformation initiatives, noted that the new contract for the 60 MVA was in addition to the 330kv transmission project which he said is nearing completion and which would also enhance the quality and quantity of power supply to the state.
“We are addressing the fundamental power needs of Borno State in terms of transmission capacity. Since 1976, no administration has acted as the Jonathan administration is doing to structurally address the insufficiency of power infrastructure in the state,” Wakil noted.
On the power outage in Borno, the minister assured that the unfortunate event would soon be "a thing of the past" as the Transmission Company of Nigeria and other relevant authorities were set to restore and reconnect the state to national grid.
He disclosed that the various committees he set up have mobilized affected agencies to act on the outage.
- CAJ News