FG approves N31.2bn electricity evacuation contract for Kashimbila Dam

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Kashimbilla DamABUJA – Wednesday awarded a N31.2 billion contract for the of electricity the 40-megawatts capacity Kashimbilla Dam in Takum local government area of .

The Minister of for , Mr Mohammed Wakil, disclosed this House correspondents after the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan.

Wakil said that the project was awarded SCC Ltd a completion period of 18 months.

“Approval by council, the contract for award for Kashambila Dam; that is the segment of 40 megawatts.

“The amount is N31.2 billion in favour of Messrs SCC Ltd.

“By the time we add 40 megawatts the grid it is going to complement the existing that we are generating in the country.

“Apart the fact we are also going to gain the 40 megawatts this will now also lead to creation of employment in that community.

“While we can have the formal and informal employment, engineers, artisans and others will benefit this.

to that we will also have additional, in terms of benefits, be it , irrigation and many others; by the time it is completed it is going to help a lot.

“And it is in line the transformation agenda of Mr President to reform the sector.’’

Information minister Labaran Maku also added that the contract approval followed a memo tabled before the council by the Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo.

“The company had already installed the turbines in the course of the implementation of the project.

“But the infrastructure for evacuating power from Kashimbila Dam to various communities of the North East and indeed North Central had not been awarded.

“But as progress the dam approaches completion toward the end of the year,  the minister of power came to council today a memo proposing a contract for the of power from the dam.’’ (NAN)