By Noah Ocheni, Lokoja
The Senator representing Kogi East Senatorial District of Kogi state, Senator Isah Jibrin on Wednesday sponsored a motion titled: “Need for immediate completion of the Abadigba-Egume Power Project, in Dekina Local Government of Kogi State.”
In an Online Kogi reports monitored by our correspondent in Lokoja, has it that Senator Isah Jibrin, aka, Echocho in his lead debate urged the Senate to note that sometime in 2007, the Federal Government embarked on a power plant project at Abadigba-Egume in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State to light up Kogi East Senatorial District, against the backdrop of the persistent poor power supply in the area.
Senator Jibrin noted that the project advanced with the installation of various equipment, including three giant power plants and two transformers, in readiness for connection with Geregu Power Station at Ajaokuta.
“Concerned that the project has become one of the abandoned projects in the country as no effort has been made to complete it in line with the laudable intentions of the government, thirteen years after initiating it.” he added.
“Worried that this continued abandonment of the project has led to the destruction of some of the connecting wires and cables due to bush burning, in addition to vandalization by criminals, thereby occasioning avoidable losses to the government.”
“According to information from engineers, the project is at 70% completion stage, and only requires minimal additional resources to make it functional”
He was optimistic that the completion of the Abadigba-Egume Power Project will boost production activities and facilitate economic development, as most companies and business outfits currently rely on generators for a n place of electricity.
Senators in their contributions supported the motion.
The Senate, therefore mandated its Committee on Power to liaise with the Federal Ministry of Power to take immediate and necessary steps towards the completion of the Abadigba-Egume Power Project, in Dekina Local Government of Kogi State.