A group, under the name of concern citizens, is calling on President Muhammadu Buhari and the ministers involved to ensure the execution of the power projects in the North under the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited (NDPHC), is completed.
The project, which is part of the phase two is projected to contribute about 4,000 megawatts (MW) to the national grid.
The Concern Group Monitoring on Power Projects in Nigeria, headed by Hon. Sani Shehu Usman, as chairman and Hon. Chibuzo Ekechukwu Ike, as member, while speaking at the weekend, said the projects in the north are stalled and there is no hope they would be executed anything time soon.
The group said they are focused on ensuring President Muhammadu Buhari succeeds in his quest to fix the power problems of the county but it is concerned that some executive directors in the NDPHC are not supporting the efforts.
Hon. Usman, called on PMB to look into the activities of the executive directors of the NDPHC as there are indications of sabotage.
“No power project has been completed in the North; excerpt perhaps the Geregu Power Plant, in Kogi State. We want power projects done in the North and we also want intervention projects for Katsina state.
“In the original plan, at least 10 hydro power projects and transmission lines are to be built in the North but that hasn’t been achieved. Ten has been built in the South based on the original design. Please let the projects in the north too be executed” he pleaded.
The Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited (NDPHC) is a special purpose company owned by three tiers of the government tasked with the responsibility for implementation of the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP).
The Phase 1 NIPP projects have 10 new thermal power stations in the south and has been largely executed, while the phase two, which comprise Mambilla hydro power project and 16 other identified medium and small hydro power projects/ transmission lines is to be done across the North to create a mix of power generation/supply system for the country.
The phase two projects are projected to contribute about 4,000 megawatts (MW) to the national grid, while the phase two will focus on generating power from the hydro plants, the Phase one will operate largely on thermal plants.