Kashim Billa Dam: FEC approves N31.2bn for power evacuation

Hydro electricity dam21 August 2014, Abuja – The Federal Executive Council (FEC) yesterday approved N31.2 billion for the evacuation of electricity power from the Kashim Billa multipurpose dam in Taraba State.

Minister of Information, Labaran Maku and Minister of State for Power, Mohammed Wakil spoke to  State House correspondents at the end of FEC meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja.

Maku said the project which involves building of transmission lines was awarded to SCC Nigeria Ltd., with 18 months completion time.

According to him, the dam is expected to add 40 megawatts to the national grid.

Director General, Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), Emeka Eze, who was the Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Erosion in Southeast, also submitted its report to FEC yesterday.

According to him, all the teething problems of the 15 erosion projects in the Southeast have been addressed.

According to him, the report was carried out last year, adding that most of the projects are near-completion and would be completed in the next two or three months.

Maku said: “We devoted a substantial part of today’s FEC (meeting) to the review of report of the erosion control project in the Southeastern part of Nigeria.

“As you are all aware, Mr. President, on assumption of office, promised prompt intervention in resolving some of the key erosion problems in the Southeast which is known through out this country to be the most affected when it comes to erosion.

“Several communities in the Southeast have always been affected and Mr President had promised to handle some of these projects in order to bring relief and stop the deterioration of the environment and the destruction of their means of livelihood.”


– The Nation

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