The Plateau State Government says it plans to decongest Jos and Buruku metropolis and has embarked on electrification projects in surrounding villages to make them more habitable.
Water Resources Commissioner, Idi Waziri, says an electrification project for Gold and base village has been approved at the cost of N11.5m.The project is to be handled by Sharon Nigeria Limited.
Another contract for the electrification of Lahocho community has been awarded to Niptom Nig. Ltd, at a cost of N16.6m.
“These projects are aimed at encouraging people to move out of Jos and Bukuru to communities outside the metropolis so as not to overstretch facilities within the cities,” Mr. Waziri told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
“It is the desire of this administration that we expand the Jos and Bukuru metropolis by providing facilities on the outskirts so that people will be very comfortable to live and stay there,” he said.
Mr. Waziri also said that government has approved the award of contract for the consultancy services of Riyom regional water scheme at a cost of N38.5 million.
He said that the services would ensure a proper design of the dam as well as the geological, soil investigation, total rainfall data, topography and the population of the area to be covered by it.
According to him, the consultancy work will also determine the capacity of the treatment plant to be installed in the dam to serve the people better.
“Once the design is ready, Plateau Government will present it to the Federal Government because the state has already discussed with the Federal Ministry of Water Resources.
“The Federal Government is partnering with the Plateau government to ensure that a very big dam is constructed around the area but it wants a very detailed design that will guide and also convince the ministry that the place will be very suitable for a big dam.”
Mr. Waziri further said that government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a Ukrainian company for the construction of six hydroelectric power stations in the state.
“The six stations will generate more than 300 megawatts of electricity when completed and Plateau will be a major supplier of electricity to surrounding states,” he said.
“Plateau has hydro potential across the state and government is collaborating with all companies to invest in the power sector,” the commissioner said.