FEC Approves Construction of Three Power Sub-stations in Kano, Benue States.

From Victor Osula Abuja
 L-R; President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo SAN and SGF Mr. Boss Mustapha during the Federal Executive Council Meeting (FEC) held at the Council Chambers, State House Wednesday in Abuja. 
Kano and Benue states are to get three power sub-stations while Abia and Imo states will have extension of transmission lines, courtesy of the approval given by the Federal Executive Council at Wednesday meeting in Abuja .
Minister of Power, Mamman Saleh, disclosed this to State House Correspondents at the end of the week’s FEC meeting, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to Saleh, Council also approved the extension of transmission lines in Umuahia in Abia State and Mbano in Imo State.
He said the reason behind the new sub sections was to expand the national grid for sustainable supply of electricity and also to improve capacity, explaining that two would be built in Kano and one in Benue
He said the cost for the extension of transmission lines in Abia and Imo states is $506,324.40 plus N34,034,000 local content.
On the amount for the construction of three sub-stations in Zaki-Biam, Benue State and Bichi and Kanyi, Kano State – the one in Zaki-Biam is $8.6 million while the local content is N2.08 billion. The second one in Bichi is $9.6 million plus N1.7 billion local content. The one in Kanyi, Kano State is $9.5 million plus N1.7 billion.
“Let me use this opportunity to inform you that my memo has been gracefully approved by the Federal Executive Council. And it’s for the construction of three sub-stations, two in Kano State and one in Benue State.
“There is another approval for the extension of transmission lines in Umuahia, Abia State and Mbano, Imo State.
“The cost for the extension of transmission lines in Abia and Imo States is $506,324.40 plus N34,034,000 local content. On the amount for the construction of three sub-stations in Zaki-Biam, Benue State and Bichi and Kanyi, Kano State – the one in Zaki-Biam is $8.6 million offshore, N2.08 billion onshore. The second one in Bichi is $9.6 million plus N1.7 billion local content. The one in Kanyi, Kano State is $9.5 million plus N1.7 billion.”
Asked if there was any problem that made the government to embark on new projects, he said, “There has not been any problem so far. But we just have to expand the national grid for sustainable supply of electricity and also to improve capacity. That is all.”
On his part, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who coordinated the briefing while making clarification on the new sub-stations said,”I can just add to what Minister of Power said. You see, before now, there’s been complained that more power is being produced as being wheeled out.
“So, what is what he’s been doing recently, is to improve the capacity of the TCN to transmit more power. So, all these contracts you heard of is about improving the capacity of the TCN so that when this electricity is produced, it will get to our homes”, he said.