Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum has commended the management of Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited (NDPHC) for its relentless achievements in nation’s power infrastructure development.
This is even as he unfolded basket of requests for support by the NDPHC in development of power infrastructure in Borno state devastated by Boko Haram attacks.
While commending NDPHC Management led by the Managing Director, Mr. Chiedu Ugbo for its achievements and reappointment for another for years, Professor Zulum explained that his visit to NDPHC headquarters was to solicit for the company’s support in construction and rehabilitation of vandalized power infrastructure in the state.
Saying that he is wearing two caps as the Governor of Borno State and the Chairman of the North East Governors Forum, Zulum noted that the state was devastated by the activities of the Boko Haram, adding that it is time to put the facilities back in operation so that the people can return to their towns and local governments.
He stressed that the population of Maiduguri has been overstretched with influx of displaced communities for safety and urged NDPHC to consider rehabilitation of the 30MW Power distribution plants established in the 1970’s and 80”s to provide energy requirement for the Lake Chad area of the state which has capacity to produce enough food for the country but was destroyed by the bandits.
The governor revealed that there are over two million internally displaced people in the state, pointing out that Borno State requires more distribution injection substation of 15MVA capacity in several locations across the state.
The Governor stated that the Lake Chad basin has about 25, 000 square kilometer of land but regretted that incessant degradation, desert encroachment has reduced the land area to 5,000 square km. He said the Lake Chad basin provides job employment for over 10 million Nigerians.
Group photograph of Borno state top government officials led by Governor Zulum and top management of NDPHC led by the Managing Director, Chiedu Ugbo while at NDPHC Corporate Headquarters, Abuja.
The Governor requested for NDPHC’s assistance in extending the 132Kv lines from Maiduguri to other parts of the state stating that what the people need to boost economic activities is electricity.
He said the North East region expects the Kashim Bila and Dadin Kowa – 40MW hydro power project to be completed to benefit the North East region pointing out that the state is endowed with sunshine of between 12 to 13 hours daily which will support solar power system in the area and urged NDPHC to come to the aid of the state/region in this direction.
Earlier in his welcome address, Managing Director/CEO of NDPHC, Mr. Ugbo commended the Governor for the good programmes being executed in the state.
Ugbo told the visiting Governor that NDPHC has its presence in the state with total of 75MVA distribution injection substation in Lassa and Bama town.
The Managing Director added that another distribution injection substation was delivered by NDPHC at the University Teaching Hospital in Maiduguri.
He promised the Governor that NDPHC will work with the state to see how it could help to tackle some of the request as well as to rehabilitate the vandalized distribution facilities in the state.
Ugbo specifically assured the Governor that NDPHC will work with Yola electricity distribution company under whose jurisdiction Borno state falls in addressing the request of the state.