The North-East Governors Forum, led by Prof. Babagana Zulum of Borno State, during a close-door meeting in Yobe on Wednesday, implored the Federal Government and the National Assembly to fasttrack the completion of the 3.05GW Mambilla Hydropower Project as he expresses his worry over implementation delays.
He also expressed his concerns over the delay in commissioning the Dadin Kowa and kashimbila hydro-power plants, stating that it has contributed to the slow pace of development in the North-East region.
In a communique which was signed by Chairman of the Forum, Prof. Babagana Zulum of Borno State, the North-East governors demanded that the National Assembly and the Federal Government of Nigeria, take into consideration the implementation of the project by making adequate budgetary provision for it in the 2022 Appropriation Bill.
“The forum deliberated extensively on the Mambilla Hydroelectric project.
“It called on the National Assembly and the Federal Government to make adequate budgetary provision in the 2022 appropriation bill for the implementation of the project.
“Forum, while recognising that the 2022 budget is in its final stages, calls on the National Assembly to look critically with a view to ensuring that adequate budgetary provisions are made for all major capital projects in the sub region.
“Investments in the projects will guarantee peace and economic prosperity in the sub-region,” it disclosed.
Report by the News Agency of Nigeria revealed that the close-door meeting was attended by Governor Zulum of Borno, Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe and Governor Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe.
Deputy Governors of Bauchi, Adamawa and Taraba represented their governors.
Mambilla Hydroelectric Power Plant is expected to be the largest power-generating installation in Nigeria, and one of the largest hydroelectric power stations in the entire African region on completion.
The 3.05GW facility is being developed on the Dongo River near Baruf in Kakara Village, Taraba State, Nigeria. (NAN)