27 February 2013

Nigeria: Nasarawa Assembly Wants Abandoned Power Project Completed

Lafia — Lawmakers at the Nasarawa State House of Assembly have resolved to invite the management of Nasarawa State Energy Company (NASENCO), and other energy experts to find ways towards causing the state government to complete the abandoned Independent Hydro Electrical Power Project in Farin Ruwa area of Wamba Local Government Area.

The Speaker Musa Ahmed Mohammed-led House which was on a working visit to the abandoned site, weekend, observed that facilities already installed at the independent power plant have decayed because contractors have not worked there for years.

The visit was a result of a motion moved by the member representing Wamba, Abdulkareem Usman, who had earlier raised concerns about the state of the project inspite of the huge funds sunk there.

The project had entered a hic-up because of contractual crisis between the state and Yoojin Engineering Nigeria Limited which had the initial award to execute it to completion.

The project is one of the projects initiated by former governor Abdullahi Adamu. 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 location of the project and price fluctuations, the contract sum was later reviewed upward to N6.1 billion.

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