……… Seeks community support for speedy
completion – Fashola
Determined to reduce the ever increasing numbers of abandoned projects nationwide which has been the crux of 2016 Budget appropriation thrust, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola reiterated the determination of Muhammed Buhari’s administration to make adequate budget provisions that would ensure speedy completion of Kashimbilla Hydo power project.
The Minister said that the 40MW plant will not again suffer neglect as all would be done to ensure timely release of funds within the next 2 budget circles; he therefore sets the target of 2018 for the completion of the project.
Fashola who recently undertook a working visit to the project site located in Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State, said that the spot visit afforded him the opportunity to take stock of what has been done and what has been left undone.
He promised to ensure full realization of the project within the new time-frame set for its completion adding that government must deliberately complete on-going projects rather than inaugurating new
Speaking to newsmen after the inspection, the Minister said that the project has 3 components. As a multi-purpose dam Kashimbilla wa designed primarily to check or avert the threat of over-flow from the volcanic active Lake Nyos in the Cameroons.
He said if the river course is unchecked, flooding and possible sub-merging of many communities along the river course.
For the power-sector, the realization of 40MW is a good omen for the attainment of the Government’s objective of incremental power supply which Nigerians are yearning for.