The Plateau Government on Tuesday signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with Stroy Alyans Construction company for the building of six Hydro-Electric Power Stations in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mr Idi Waziri, the Commissioner for Water Resources, signed on behalf of the State Government while Mr Pastushena Ivanovich, Managing Director of the company signed for the organisation.
Waziri described the MOU as a ``major step toward ending the epileptic power supply suffered in Plateau.
``The power needs of the state stands at 300 megawatts, but the state currently gets only 60 megawatts. That is grossly inadequate.
``To check that, government constituted a Technical Committee on Energy, which came up with what we are witnessing today.''
The official said that the six hydro-electric power substations would be located in River Ngel, River Dep, River Sha and River Dawaki, adding that government had not yet decided on where the remaining two substations would be located.
He explained that the projects would be based on the principle of ``Build, Operate and Transfer’’ upon completion.
Waziri added that the power stations would also supply electricity to neighbouring states, adding
that the projects would be completed before December.
``By 2013, the issue of epileptic power supply will be over on the Plateau,’’ he added.
Waziri commended Gov. Jonah Jang for taking the bold step to end epileptic power supply that had remained a major concern in Plateau, noting that the problem had affected economic growth of the state.
Also speaking, the Managing Director of the company said that the Six Hydro-electric power stations would generate more than 300 megawatts of electricity when completed.
``Plateau will become a major supplier of electricity to surrounding states when the stations are completed,’’ he said.
Ivanovich assured the state government of his company’s commitment toward completing the projects within the given time frame. (NAN)