President Muhammadu Buhari has shown his concern for the accelerated construction of hydro-power projects for improvement of power and irrigation to better the lives of Nigerians.
The President made his determination known when he granted audience to officials of CGGC, the Chinese construction company working on the Mambilla Power Project.
Buhari said it was regrettable that power generation in Nigeria has failed to keep pace with national needs over the years, adding that his administration would ensure that the Mambila and other unfinished hydro-power projects in the country were completed expeditiously to boost power supply in the country.
He said, “I am very much interested in Mambilla and other hydro-power projects, not only for the improvement of power but also for irrigation as both power and irrigation projects will help to improve the lives of Nigerians.
“I am going to ask for details of the Mambilla Hydro-Power project and others. Very soon, we will get together and redefine the project agreements for faster results.’’
Mr. Zhang Heng, Managing Director of CGGC, who led his company’s delegation, told the President that work on the Mambilla project was being delayed by the failure of previous administrations to provide the counterpart funding specified in the agreement with the Chinese government.
The CGGC delegation was accompanied to the Presidential Villa by Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State.
By Patrick Aigbokhan