Minister of Information and Supervising Minister of Defence, Mr. Labaran Maku has expressed displeasure at the slow pace of work at the 215 megawatt power plant in Kaduna.
He said contractors handling the project of electricity generation and transmission plants ought to have synchronized the implementation of their respective jobs in a way that will ensure their quick take off.
Maku made this known when he led members of the National Good Governance Tour team to inspect ongoing work at the site of the 215 Mega Watts Dual Fired Power Plant at Kudenda Industrial Area in Kaduna State on Sunday.
The Minister noted that contract for the construction of the plant which was awarded in 2009 was expected to have attained an appreciable level of completion due to the time spent so far.
“There was the issue of relocation but there seems to be a lack of understanding by the contractors that Federal Government is eager to deliver electricity to Nigerians,” he said.
Maku disclosed that an additional 30MW from Gurara is expected to boost the total capacity of the plant to 245MW for onward distribution to Kaduna Metropolis.
Speaking earlier, the project consultant, Engr. Smart Okowa of Sewa said the contract was awarded in 2009 at the cost of 156 million Euros.
The “Transmission plant is 75 percent complete while the Generation Plant is 70 percent complete,” he said.
On why the project was delayed, Okowa explained that the relocation of the site was responsible for the delay but promised that it would be ready in 2014.