Kebbi govt. spends N600m on electrification projects – Bagudu

Kebbi govt. spends N600m on electrification projects – Bagudu

By Ibrahim Bello,  Birnin Kebbi.

 

Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State says his administration has spent over N600 million on the procurement of electrical equipment to enhance uninterrupted power supply in the state.

 

Bagudu made this known when Alhaji Abbas Muhammad-Jega, Chairman, Board of Directors, Kaduna Electric Distribution Company (KEDCO), paid him a courtesy visit on Tuesday in Yola.

 

“This administration has spent over N600 million on refurbishment of old and faulty electrical equipment, including transformers, to improve and maintain uninterrupted electricity supply,” he said.

 

The governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Babale Umar-Yauri, said the state government accorded priority to electricity supply for sustainable economic development.

 

He commended KEDCO for ensuring regular power supply to the state.

 

Besides, Bagudu said: “My administration sponsored 25 students for studies in electrical engineering and they have completed their course as professional electricians.

 

“We request the KEDCO to absorb them into its services, as they will be useful if engaged.”

 

The governor lauded the management of the company for organising stakeholders’ dialogue on issues affecting electricity supply in the state.

 

He advised the company to extend such interactions to officials of the state government through the Office of the Special Adviser on Power.

 

Bagudu also pledged support to the ongoing sensitisation campaign to encourage prompt payment of electricity bills by consumers so as to ensure regular power supply in the state.

 

Earlier, Muhammad-Jega said that the visit was to meet with critical stakeholders and listen to customer complaints for remedy.

 

“This is a move forward by KEDCO to ensure that justice is maintained in transacting business and be responsive to yearnings and aspirations of customers,” he said.

 

He thanked the governor for his support to the company in efforts towards ensuring uninterrupted electricity supply.

 

“We are immensely grateful to the governor for providing huge financial assistance to KEDCO, to restore electric light to Argungu,” he added.

 

Mahmud-Jega was accompanied on the visit by the Managing Director of KEDCO, Alhaji Yusuf Usman-Yahaya and other management staff.

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