Jonathan commissions $650m power plant, says he’s fulfilled election promise

President Goodluck Jonathan has said he has fulfilled his 2011 campaign promise to transform Nigerian, including the power sector.

He stated this on Friday while inaugurating the 750 MW Olorunsogo II Power Station in Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State.

“I am happy that I have consistently delivered on my campaign promises to transform Nigeria and my administration would leave no stone unturned to achieve its goals,” he said.

“I have lived up to my campaign pledge to make the power sector a priority.”

Stating that his administration would not relent in its efforts to “drive away darkness from Nigeria,” Mr. Jonathan said it had invested about $8.26 billion in the power sector through the National Integrated Power Project, NIPP.

He further explained that out of that amount, a total of $650 million dollars‎ was committed to the Olorunsogo power plant and that there were 10 of such power projects ongoing across the nation.

He said that he inaugurated two of them in Kogi and Ondo States in 2014 and that they had been privatised while that of Olorunsogo was in the process of being privatised.

Mr. Jonathan however, assured that he would equally inaugurate the Egbin power station on Saturday.

He pledged that the interface between the government and the private sector on the privatisation of the power sector would be completely sealed by 2017, if elected again.

The president also appealed to Nigerians to support his administration in its desire to improve electricity supply.


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