Senate Rules out Hope for Stable Power Supply in Nigeria.
The Senate says there is no hope of stable power supply in the country, as a result of underfunding of the sector.
This is as the Minister of Power, Engineer Mamman Saleh owned up to members of the Senate Committee on Power, that the much awaited $5.8billion Mambilla Power Project is yet to take off.
The Committee was also jolted by the submission of the Managing Director of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Engineer Sule Ahmed Abdulaziz that out of N165billion required for capital project in 2020, N4billlion envelope was given, out of which only N3billion was cash backed.
These lamentations dominated the 2021 budget defence session the Minister and the TCN MD, had with the Senate Committee on Power.
Taking up the Minister on the Mambilla Power Project, the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Gabriel Suswam representing Benue North East, expressed worry that no dime was allocated for the project in the 2021 budget.
On his part Senator Shuaibu Lau who hails from Taraba State told the Committee members that despite repeated promises made on the project by the Federal government on yearly basis, no access road to the project site stressing that no any indication of site clearance talkless of possible grand breaking.
” Nothing in the proposed 2021 budget that concerns Mambilla, showing that there is no commitment from government.
” The truth about the project going by glaring realities on ground over the last ten years, is that Mambilla would not see the light of the day “, he said.
The Minister in his response, admitted that the project is yet to take off but that he was still trying to convince Mr President on it.
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