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FG Promises Timely Completion Of Projects In Borno,Yobe States

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SAN FRANCISCO, April 13, (THEWILL) - The Federal Government has promised the timely completion of all its on-going projects in Borno and Yobe States despite the ongoing Boko Haram insurgency.

The Minister of State for Power, Hon, Mohammed Wakil, gave the assurance in Maiduguri,the Borno State capital, during a visit to the site of a 33 KVA transmission substation located along Damboa/Biu road.

The Minister said the Goodluck Jonathan administration remains committed to make the people of Yobe and Borno states happy despite the Boko Haram attacks in the two states.

He said the briefing by the managers of the project showed that the substation is almost 80 percent completed with work ongoing to ensure completion at the earliest possible time.

He noted that the sub station was designed to strengthen power supply to Borno State which he said currently has very low level of power supply.

"I am glad to announce that despite the insurgency, power projects and other federal projects are ongoing.

Our people are undaunted in their determination to benefit from the Transformation Agenda of Mr President.

I commend the project team for not bowing to terror.

This is a demonstration of commitment that I cannot describe," the Minister said.

According to the Minister, the progress of work on the substation and other federal projects showed that the security situation in the state is not as bad as been painted.

He therefore commended the Presidency, the security agencies , the civilian JTF, the state government for cooperating to restore security to Borno State.

The Minister, who also inspected the perimeter fencing and rural electrification projects ongoing in the area, said he was happy that the sites are well secured by both civilian and military JTF.

He therefore appealed to security agencies to further beef up security around projects site in the state to avoid being taken by surprise by insurgents.

"Aside the transmission substation, a major transformer to boost power supply in the state will arrive latest by June or thereabout .

All arrangements have been completed for immediate installations.

" Rural electrification projects of the Federal Government are also ongoing ", he said.

Speaking earlier, the Deputy Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, who was in the entourage of the minister, said the work on the transmission station was about 80 percent completed.

"The implementation is progressing according to schedule; the team working on the project is in high spirit despite the security challenges .

On completion, the substation will ensure improvement in the power situation in Borno State," Atiku said.