President Muhammadu Buhari has called for continued collaboration between the Ministry of Power and relevant agencies with the Nigerian National Petroleum Ltd. (NNPCL) to ensure access to affordable electricity.
The President gave this directive on Thursday when he inaugurated the 50-Megawatt Maiduguri Emergency Power Plant (MEPP) project site in Borno.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 50-Megawatt gas-fired power plant was built by the Federal Government through the NNPCL in collaboration with Borno State Government.
The Maiduguri Emergency Power Project is part of an incremental 4,000MW of power generating assets that this administration embarked upon to improve national power supply and stimulate economic growth.
He said the aggressive project strategy deployed to complete the project on schedule was a reflection of the Federal Government sensitivities in easing the plight of Nigerians, especially those recovering from the adverse impact of the insurgency in the North-East region.
Buhari said over the past few years, insurgents had attacked power supply lines along Maiduguri-Damaturu and Maiduguri-Damboa-Biu roads leading to acute power supply shortages to the city of Maiduguri and its environs.
This, he said, had crippled economic activities in the region.
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