BY ANKELI EMMANUEL, Sokoto
The Federal Government has pledged to resolve all outstanding issues that were responsible for stalling the take-off of the Sokoto State Independent Power Plant (IPP).
Since its inception in 2008, the IPP has been bugged down by lack of gas to power it, dearth of investors and most recently, the toll of the COVID-19 Pandemic which has resulted in substantial economic drawback.
Nonetheless, the federal government is now set to partner with the state government to ensure the smooth take off of the project, which according to the state Commissioner for Energy, Alhaji Aliyu Balarabe Dandin-Mahe, currently requires only few logistics to make it functional.
A statement by governor Amimu Waziri Tambuwal’s spokesperson, Muhammad Bello quoted the state Commissioner for Energy, Dandin Mahe as saying the incumbent administration of Tambuwal has spent an additional sum of N1.7 billion on the project prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, just as some investors had indicated interest in the project.
Dandin Mahe added however, that the incursion of the COVID 19 pandemic was responsible for the delay in making functional.
He also assured that all the challenges will soon come to an end as the Minister of Power, Mamman Kwagyang Saleh, recently indicatesld that the apex government will bring it’s might to bear in ensuring that all the obstacles to the successful take-off of the project are surmounted.
“I received the Governor of Sokoto State, His Excellency Aminu Waziri Tambuwal in my office at the Power House earlier today (Tuesday). We discussed issues relating to electricity supply in Sokoto State. I assured him that the relevant agencies shall address any pending issues immediately,” the minister tweeted.