By Yakubu Uba
Mayo-Belwa – Mr Usman Gur, the Managing Director and Chief Executive of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), said the Federal Government was committed to improving power supply to boost economic activities in the Northeast.
Gur said this on Monday at the inauguration of 132/33 KV substation with 1×40 MVA transformer in Mayo-Belwa town, Adamawa.
He said the North/East had been experiencing low voltage in electricity supply, a situation he said the ongoing rehabilitation and extension projects of TCN would address.
“We are going to put 330 KVA transmissions in Jalingo, and this Mayo-Belwa substation will also be upgraded to 330KVA substation.
“The funding for that is already secured and the process for the project has gone a long way.
“The thing is that, we need to strengthen the economic activities of this side, as part of the efforts of government to ensure that the Northeast is secured and poverty reduced.
“And the best way for you to address poverty is to provide electricity,” Gur said.
Also, Engr. Baba Umar, the Managing Director of Yola Electricity Distribution Company (YEDC), lauded TCN for the decision to boost electricity in the Northeast.
He said it would go a long way in helping YEDC provide quality service to its customers, particularly in Mayo-Belwa, Ganye and Numan.
Mr Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, represented by the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Power, Mr Louis Edozien, said the project would ensure steady power supply in the area.
“As part of the Programme, another milestone has been achieved here in Mayo-Belwa with construction of new 132/33KVA substation with 1×40 MVA transmission,” he said.
Alhaji Bako Mohammed, the chairman of Mayo-Belwa Local Government, lauded the project and assured that the people of the area would protect the station and pay their bills to sustain quality power supply.