The federal government has approved the construction of three sub-stations, two in Kano State and one in Benue State.
This is even as the Federal Executive Council (FEC) also approved the extension of transmission lines in Umuahia, Abia State and Mbano, Imo State.
Minister of power, Mamman Sale disclosed this to State House correspondents after the FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa.
Sale said the cost for the extension of transmission lines in Abia and Imo States is $506,324.40 plus N34,034,000 local content.
On the amount for the construction of three sub-stations in Zaki-Biam, Benue State and Bichi and Kanyi, Kano State – the one in Zaki-Biam is $8.6 million while the local content is N2.08 billion.
The second one in Bichi is $9.6 million plus N1.7 billion local content. The one in Kanyi, Kano State is $9.5 million plus N1.7 billion.
On why the ministry was embarking on new projects, the minister said, “There has not been any problem so far. But we just have to expand the national grid for sustainable supply of electricity and also to improve capacity. That is all.”
Collaborating Sale’s position, minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed said, “You see, before now, there’s been complained that more power is being produced compared to what is being wheeled out.
“So, what he’s been doing recently is to improve the capacity of the TCN to transmit more power. So, all these contracts you heard of is about improving the capacity of the TCN so that when this electricity is produced, it will get to our homes.”