…..as Buhari approves inter-ministerial steering & project delivery committee
The government to government approach adopted by the Buhari administration in foreign financing and execution of infrastructural projects may turn out to be the biggest legacy of the present government.
According to the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO), with this approach, all manners of encumbrances, including delays, lack of funds and corrupt tendencies have been eliminated.
In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, BMO was upbeat that work is finally starting on the Mambilla power project which has been abandoned for over 47 years now.
“The project which was first conceptualised in 1973 to address the perennial power problem in the country will have a generating capacity of 3,005 megawatts and when completed will adequately address the problem.”
BMO noted that with the payment of compensations to the affected communities, the execution of the project has begun and will go unhindered.
“The project which is projected to gulp about N2 Trillion is billed to be completed in five years and will be among the major landmark projects of the Buhari administration.
“The Federal Government is on record to have embarked on the rehabilitation of the country’s abandoned key infrastructure, including the second Niger Bridge abandoned since 40 years ago but which has now reached 45% completion; East-West road, and Dadinkowa Electricity Generating Power Dam in Gombe State among others.”
The pro-Buhari group reminded Nigerians that President Muhammadu Buhari “has proved to all doubting Thomases that his administration will not dwell on rhetorics, but will at all times focus on changing the narrative by delivering democracy dividends to all Nigerians. “This is what sets him apart from the past administrations, who in most cases, played politics with the critical needs of Nigerians.
“We are gladdened that the Buhari administration is focussed on rectifying the errors of the past and therefore urge Nigerians to keep faith with the Buhari administration as it invests its energy in rejuvenating the country’s economy,” the statement added.
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the constitution of two committees for the Mambilla Hydroelectric Power Project in Taraba State.
Minister of Power, Sale Mamman will chair the Inter-ministerial Steering Committee, while the Director in-charge of Renewable Energy in the Federal Ministry of Power will head the Project Delivery Committee and to report to the Minister of Power through the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry.
Members of the Inter-ministerial Steering committee include; Ministries of Water Resources, Environment, Finance, Budget and National Planning, Works and Housing, Justice, Information and Culture, Mines and Steel Development as well as Taraba State Government.
Others are representatives of the Secretary to the Governent of the Federation, National Security Adviser, Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority and the Nigeria Customs Service.
A statement by the Special Adviser to the Minister of Power on Media and Communications, Aaron Artimas states that the Inter-ministerial Steering Committee will be supported by Project Delivery Committee.