13 March 2014, Abuja – The Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to fast-track the construction of the proposed 2,000MW capacity plant initiated by Ebonyi State government, in collaboration with the American and Korean investors.
The Minister of State for Power, Mohammed Wakil, who disclosed this while speaking at a technical meeting to trash out grey areas in the project execution, described the project as complimentary to the Transformation Agenda of the President.
The minister, who said power was vital to other economic indicators, said the government was ready to do all that was required for the timely delivery of the project.
According to him, the project will become a reality in no distant future.
To this end, the Minister directed the Ministry officials to avail his office of the monthly progress on the project.
To further confirm the commitment of the Ministry to the Ebonyi project, the Minister of State said already, transmission infrastructure that would guarantee evacuation of 1,000MW, including 2x60MVA, 132KV, sub-station at Amasiri – Afikpo and 2x132Kv line by extension at Abakiliki, was already confirmed.
The minister assured that before completion of the project, the Ministry would have put in place facilities to evacuate the balance of 1,000MW of power.
The Ministry, through its agencies such as Electricity Management Services, EMS, will also have an Area Office in Ebonyi, just as the Minister informed his guest that 40 other on-going rural electrification projects were at various locations of the state.