Two months after Boko Haram terrorists destroyed major electrical installations in Dambo town, leaving residents of most part of Borno state, including Maiduguri, in darkness, the state governor, Kashim Shettima, has empowered a task force to fix the vandalised installation.
The task force, named Emergency Task Force On Restoration of Electricity in Borno, was given a mandate to deploy all available legal means it could to quickly restore electricity to the State.
According to the chairman of the Task Force and Managing Director of the state’s newly established Borno Energy Development Company, Umar Zubairu, members of the task force are Ibrahim Ali, a retired federal permanent secretary, the Chief of Staff to the governor, Abubakar Kyari, and a staff of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Imamuddeen Talba.
He said his task force has since commenced talks with stakeholders in the power sector.
“We in the Task Force were at the headquarters of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria in Abuja during which a technical meeting was held with directors and other key officials there,” he said.
“We were also at the Transmission Company of Nigeria where we met with the director, Transmission Service Provider, Engr T.O Uwah before holding another meeting with Mr Nestor Divina who is head of technical operations and also acting Managing Director of Yola Electricity Distribution Company which supplies electricity to Borno.
“The meeting with Yola DISCO had in attendance the company’s secretary, Mohammed Bala. And in all our meetings between the Borno Task Force and the power stakeholders, options were analysed on ways by which electricity could be restored in the immediate, short and long term.