27 October 2020 by James Itodo…….
The Senate says there is no hope of stable power supply in the Country as a result of underfunding of the sector.
This is as the Minister of Power, Mamman Salem told members of the Senate Committee on Power that the much awaited $5.8billion Mambilla Power Project is yet to take off.
The Committee was also jolted by the submission of the Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, Sule Ahmed Abdulaziz that out of N165billion required for capital project in 2020, only N4billlion was given out of which only N3billion was cash backed.
These lamentations dominated the 2021 budget defence session the Minister and the TCN MD, had with the Senate Committee on Power .
Taking up the Minister on the Mambilla Power Project , the Chairman of the Committee , Senator Gabriel Suswam representing Benue North East , expressed worry that no dime was allocated for the project in the 2021 budget.
On his part
Senator Shuaibu Lau who hails from Taraba State told the Committee members that despite repeated promises made on the project by the Federal Government annually no access road to the project site talkless of possible ground breaking .
” Nothing in the proposed 2021 budget that concerns Mambilla , showing that there is no commitment from Government.
” The truth about the project going by glaring realities on ground over the last ten years , is that the Mambilla project would not see the light of the day “, he said .
The Minister in his response , admitted that the project is yet to take off but that he was still trying to convince the President on it .