27 January 2013

Nigeria: Sambo Gives NIPP Contractors December Deadline

Angered by the slow pace of work on some transmission projects in the country, Vice President Namadi Sambo has ordered the contractors handling them under the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) to hasten action on meeting the December 2013 deadline for their completion.

Sambo gave the directive at a project management meeting of the NIPP on the level of work done by contractors handling the generation projects and warned that the federal government would not take it mildly with any contractor who failed to meet the deadline

He, however, said he was satisfied that while most of the projects had been completed, some were at an appreciable level of work.

Sambo said: "One of the areas that is now of great challenge is to ensure that we deliver our transmission projects. That also, we have witnessed good developments by some contractors.

For those of you that are here today (yesterday), are definitely having some weaklings, and you see, these contracts have been going on for ages and for every journey there must be an end.

"2013 is the end year. It is the end year for all NIPP projects. Nigerians must receive enough power supply and that is why you have been given this assignment.

I know we have all prepared our plans to meet this target, but our analysis has shown a lot of weaknesses in most of you and that is why today (yesterday) we will discuss these programmes and come to final understanding and agreements by all of you in ensuring that by December 2013, we have 100 per cent completion of all our transmission projects in the Niger Delta Power Holding Company."

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