A photo collage of Malam Mele Kyari, Governor (Prof.) Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno State, and other dignitaries during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Maiduguri & Environs Emergency Power Project (MEPP), in Borno State Photos: NNPC

Borno Governor’s ‘happiest day’ as NNPC begins Maiduguri Power Project

*The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation as an enabler organisation is committed to the delivery of this project within schedule, says Malam Mele Kyari, Group Managing Director of NNPC

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

Sequel to the widespread blackouts the residents of the state have experienced in the past nine months, Governor (Prof.) Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno State has described the groundbreaking ceremony of the Maiduguri & Environs Emergency Power Project (MEPP) as the happiest day of his life and a huge relief to the people of Maiduguri, the state capital, in the North-East region.

ConsumerConnect reports Governor Zulum noted the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s (NNPC) commercial investments in the 50MW (Megawatts) combined gas power plant on completion would ultimately increase energy supply level to Maiduguri and environs, thereby impacting the state’s economy positively.

Governor (Prof.) Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno State delivers his address on the occasion

Mr. Garba Deen Muhammad, Group General Manager of NNPC, disclosed this development in Borno State in a statement issued Thursday, September 30, 2021, in Abuja, FCT.

The statement noted Zulum said the Borno State Government would do everything possible to ensure that maximum security of lives and property is guaranteed for the project implementation team and residents of the state.

“I assure you that as government, we will provide the much-needed security to ensure that this high pressure-scheduled project is completed on cost, scope and quality,” said the Governor.

In his remarks on the occasion, Malam Mele Kyari, Group Managing Director (GMD) of NNPC, explained that the project was borne out of a presidential directive to provide emergency intervention to the electricity supply disruptions facing Maiduguri and environs as a result of incessant activities of insurgents.

Kyari, therefore, assured the Governor Zulum and the people of Maiduguri that the project will be delivered on schedule.

A power station in Nigeria

According to the NNPC GMD, the project would further improve NNPC’s gas utilisation efforts for the socio-economic benefit of Nigerians.

He stated: “NNPC as an enabler organisation is committed to the delivery of this project within schedule, and has already awarded the contract to General Electric Global (GE) for the supply of Gas Turbine, while Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) has been contracted to China Machinery and Engineering Corporation (CMEC).”

Governor Zulum, Malam Kyari, and other guests heading for the new project site in Maiduguri

He further stated that the project would be a model for other cities across the country.

It is recalled that Maiduguri has been without power supply since January 2021 as a result of the activities of insurgents, who reportedly destroyed the transmission lines on at least two occasions.

The NNPC, later in August this year, signed an official contract with the CMEC and GE on the project.

The statement added the groundbreaking ceremony signifies the official commencement of the project as the contractors have since moved to site.

The Corporation also noted that the ceremony would officially mark the commencement of the construction of a 50-megawatt gas turbine power plant expected to generate electricity to the city of Maiduguri, in Borno State, and environs.

The MEPP is a Federal Government’s intervention strategy in tackling the perpetual power outage in Maiduguri, caused mostly by  incessant vandalism of critical power infrastructure by insurgents.

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