Daily Trust (Abuja)

18 October 2012

Nigeria: 'Nigeriens Are Enjoying Our Electricity More Than Us'

Nationals of Nigerien Republic are enjoying power supply better than people in Nigerian from where they are getting the supply, District Head of Kamba, a border town with the country, Alhaji Mahmuda Zarummai, has said.

Speaking when members of the House of Representatives Committee on Works visited him in his palace, he said, "Many times, there would be no power supply in Kamba, but if you go to our neighbour there in Niger Republic, they will be enjoying it. Nigeriens are getting power supply from Kebbi State, but we the citizens of the country are not getting adequate supply.

This issue must be addressed. We need quite a lot to improve the lives of our people. Kamba is the gate to Niger Republic. We are also appealing to the Federal Government to equip our hospitals and establish a federal institution for our people to study rather for them to be going out".

He stressed the need for the completion of the Kamba to Pekka road. On security, the traditional ruler urged the Federal Government to provide vehicles and other logistics for the joint patrol team of Nigeria and Niger Republic in fulfilment of the two countries joint border patrol agreement.

Responding, deputy chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Works, Engineer Muhammad Ali Wudil, reiterated the commitment of the House to better the lots of Nigerians.

"We will inform the speaker of all your prayers which we know he will take swift action to address," he said.

Speaking on the Kamba-Pekka road, the federal controller of works in Kebbi State, Engineer Goni Mohammad, said 84 per cent of work on the road has been completed.

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