Lafia — A team of US engineers in the power sector are expected in Nasarawa State as part of the agreement between them and the state government to complete the Farin Ruwa Independent Hydro Electrical Power Project.
The ongoing project had suffered a hiccup because of contractual crisis between the state and Yoojin Engineering Nigeria Limited which had the initial award to execute it.
The project was initiated by the former governor, Abdullahi Adamu, but could not be completed before the tenure of that administration elapsed in 2007.
It was awarded in May, 2004 at the initial contract sum of N5.4 billion, with a completion period of 36 months. However, due to technical problems associated with the siting of the project and price fluctuations, the contract sum was later reviewed upward to N6.1 billion.
Yoojin's performance, however, did not meet government's expectation when Adamu's successor, Aliyu Akwe Doma, took over in 2007.
Doma initiated a Public/Private Partnership (PPP) between the government and Chavy Chase Nigeria Limited, which got the concession to pump its money and complete the project to generate 20 megawatts.
Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Hamza Elayo, who was part of Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura's 10-day business trip to the US, said the delegation met with various teams of investors willing to partner with the state in the completion of the project.