Government desperate to realise December deadline for stable power supply
Desperate to realise President Goodluck Jonathan’s promise for improved electricity supply in the country before the end of 2013, Vice President Namadi Sambo on Saturday ordered contractors handling various projects under the National Integrated Power Programme, NIPP to hasten action to meet deadline of completing such job on or before December.
Sambo, who issued the directive in Abuja while presiding over a projects management meeting of the NIPP, said he was impressed about the level of work done so far by contractors handling the generation projects, saying while most of the projects have been completed, others have attained various appreciable stages of completion.
He, however, frowned at the slow pace of work on some transmission projects across the country, identifying delivery on such projects as one of the areas posing the greatest challenge to government’s effort to realise its aspirations to provide improved electricity supply to the people.
“2013 is the end year for all NIPP projects in the country”, the vice President said. “Nigerians must receive the power that we are able to generate and that is why you have been given this assignment.”
Though he noted the preparedness and commitment of the contractors to help government realise its plans to meet the December 2013 target, the vice President expressed regrets government’s analysis was showing a lot of weaknesses in most of them, pointing out that this informed the need for the meeting to enable him discuss the programmes and come to a final understanding and agreements to achieve 100 per cent completion of all transmission projects in the Niger Delta Power Holding Company.
He warned that government would not take it lightly with any contractor who failed to meet the target to complete all the NIPP projects by that deadline, while commending those contractors handling the generation projects for their commitment to the service delivery to Nigerians.
A similar meeting was held last June, 2012 with contractors handling the generation projects under the NIPP. NAN
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