22 September 2012, Abuja – The federal government has said that it was doing everything possible to restore power supply in Borno State, following an outage of about three months, caused by attacks on power facilities by insurgents.
The Minister of State for Power, Alhaji Mohammed Wakil, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), gave the assurance after inspecting some of the facilities in Maiduguri.
“Mr President commends the patience of the people of Borno State over the long power outage. This unfortunate incident has never happened in the history of the state.
“The federal government has taken all necessary measures to secure power installations, not only in Borno State, but across the North-east.
“I wish to appeal to our people to cooperate with security agencies for the protection of power infrastructure in the state,’’ he said.
The minister said government had approved the upgrading of the Baga road power substation, to improve its output.
“I want to assure you that work on all on-going power projects in the state, is being fast-tracked.
“Just few days ago, an approval was given for a new transformer to complement the Baga road substation, which is now over-loaded and aged.
“This is the first addition to the transmission capacity in Borno State since Maiduguri station was inuagurated several years ago, ” he said.
During the tour, the minister visited the 33KVA transmission line in Molai, near Maiduguri, as well as the Baga road sub-station, among others.
– This Day