Business President Jonathan Orders Construction of 3,000MW Mambilla Power Plant



President Goodluck Jonathan has reportedly given a marching order to authorities in the power sector to conclude all necessary arrangements and plans to sign the contract for the construction of the Mambila hydro-power plant in Taraba State.

The Minister of State for Power, Mr. Mohammed Wakil, disclosed this at a rally for Jonathan in Gombe on Monday by the Special Assistant to the Minister on Media, Mr. Olawale Rasheed, Punch reported.

“The President has broken the jinx of the Mambilla hydro dam, which is worth about $7bn. The dam is to generate over 3,000 megawatts and it is about the biggest on the continent. This project has been on the drawing board since 1970. This President has given a marching order for the signing of the Mambilla hydro dam contract by this October.

“The Mambilla hydro dam has reached about 95 per cent completion. This is in addition to the new transmission lines across the zone.

“We are pushing ahead with the 330kv transmission sub-station to be located in the region. And the Federal Executive Council has just approved another transformer for the state. This is the first time an addition to the transmission capacity of Borno State is being made since 1976.”

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