June 22, 2024
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Nigeria’s Northeast Governors Lament Prolonged Power Blackout in the Region

Nigeria’s Northeast Governors’ Forum, comprising the governors of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba, and Yobe States, has expressed deep concern over the ongoing power blackout plaguing the region for over a month.

In a communique issued at the end of their meeting, the forum, led by its Chairman, Borno State Governor Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, criticized the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) for its inadequate response to the crisis.

The governors called for immediate federal action to restore power, announcing plans to establish solar power plants capable of generating at least 10 megawatts per state as a temporary solution.

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The forum highlighted the persistent neglect of the Northeast in the country’s capital project allocations, despite numerous appeals, thus, calling for urgent federal intervention and the inclusion of the Northeast in national development plans, especially in the transition to compressed natural gas (CNG).

Pointing out the region’s dependence on a single transmission line for six states, the forum urged the Nigerian government to extend the 330KV transmission lines from Makurdi to Jalingo and from Kano to Borno, which are crucial for industrial development and economic growth.

The governors also called for the maximization of hydropower from the Kashimbilla and Dadin Kowa dams by extending the 330KV lines, noting that the region has yet to benefit from these resources due to existing infrastructural deficiencies.

Additionally, the forum pressed the Northeast Development Commission (NEDC) to engage more consultatively with state governments and prioritize energy development projects to alleviate the region’s energy scarcity.

 

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