The Federal Government has assured that power supply would be restored to Maiduguri, Borno State in six weeks’ time.
Minister of Power, Engr. Abubakar Aliyu gave the assurance during a courtesy visit by the Vice Chancellor, Borno State University, Prof. Umar Kyari Sandabe who led his Management team to the Minister’s Office on Thursday 23rd June, 2022 at Power House, Abuja.
Recall, Borno State has been in darkness since year 2020 because of incessant vandalisation of power installations by insurgents in the state.
However, chronicling the operations of the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry (NESI), Engr. Abubakar said that all efforts are in gear to restore Power to Maiduguri. This is expected to be concluded in about 6 weeks’ time.
He said. Independent Power Plants projects are being handled through the policy on Off grid and Mini grid. He said further that the Mini grid will adequately cater for all renewables.
The Assistant Director, Press, Ministry of Power, Odutayo Oluseyi in a statement said, the Minister further directed that the Rural Electrification Agency explore ways at which the State universities will benefit from the Energizing Education Policy of the Federal Government.
Speaking earlier, the Vice Chancellor, Borno State University, Prof. Umar Kyari Sandabe appreciated the Hon. Minister of Power for his unrelenting efforts at reforming the Power Sector.
He said the institution has been out of power supply since 2020 due to the insurgency. The University has been on generators which takes a huge sum of its funding, adding that the generators, despite consuming huge sum of their funds do not provide adequate needed electricity power for the University operations.
He craved the indulgence of the Honourable Minister to ensure that power supply be restored to University promising that the institution will secure all power projects within its premises.