President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday again reiterated his administration’s commitment to give the highest possible priority to the rapid improvement of power supply across the country.
According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the president spoke while granting audience to officials of the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, CCECC, working on the Mambilla Power Project.
Adesina quoted the president as saying that it was quite regrettable that power generation in Nigeria had failed to keep pace with national needs over the years.
To salvage the situation, the president said his administration would therefore ensure that the Mambilla project and other unfinished hydro-power projects in the country are completed expeditiously to boost power supply in the country.
“I am very much interested in Mambilla and other hydro-power projects, not only for the improvement of power but also for irrigation as both power and irrigation projects will help to improve the lives of Nigerians.
“I am going to ask for details of the Mambilla Hydro-Power Project and others. Very soon, we will get together and redefine the project agreements for faster results”, Buhari reportedly said.
The Managing Director of CCECC, Mr. Zhang Heng, who led his company’s delegation, was also reported to have told President Buhari that work on the Mambilla project was being delayed by the failure of previous administrations to provide the counterpart funding specified in the agreement with the Chinese government.
Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State accompanied CCECC officials to the Presidential Villa.