President Buhari Visits Maiduguri, Sympathises With Victims of Monday Market Inferno, Inaugurates Emergency power plant
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
President Muhammadu Buhari has commissioned the Maiduguri Emergency Power Plant constructed by the Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation Limited (NNPCL) to provide lasting solution to incessant attack on power line by the Boko Haram insurgents .
Inaugurating the Emergency Power Plant in Maiduguri on Thursday, President Muhammadu Buhari assured Nigerians of his administrations resolve to deliver more projects in the power sector.
Buhari said the Maiduguri Emergency power Plant is part of 4,000 megawatts for improved power supply., stressing over the last few years Boko Haram has destroyed power line linking Maiduguri to Damaturu, Maiduguri Damboa throwing Maiduguri and his environs into darkness and that with the commissioning of power plant,It will provide permanent solution to attack on the power line.
Today, I have the honour to commission the Maiduguri Emergency Power Plant as part of our commitment to deliver more projects. i therefore, direct the Federal ministry of power and other relevant agencies, such as Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Nigerian Electrify Regulator Agency and others to collaborate with NNPCL to ensure Nigerians have access to to electricity “, the President said
Also the Group Chief Executive Officer of the NNPCL Mallam Mele Kyari said the Commission is determined to make liquefied gas as the major sources of power in Nigeria come 2030.
He said the 30 megawatts Maiduguri Emergency power plant is part of the 50 megawatt designed to provide solution to the incessant attack on the power line by Boko Haram insurgents.
While commending Governor Zulum for keeping to his campaign promises, President Buhari said i can’t remember the numbers of projects i have Commissioned. Governor Zulum deserved a second term.”.
At the Shehu of Borno Palace, President Mhammadu Buhari said ” I am here mainly to sympathise and commensurate with the people of Borno over the unfortunate fire incident that gutted Maiduguri Monday Market and also inaugurate some projects of Governor Babagana Zulum. Whenever i came here your Governor always hijacked me to see and commission his projects.”
He said from here i am going to the Monday Market to sympathise with the traders and see the situation of the Market.
Also speaking, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state said ” Mr President is in Borno to sympathise and commensurate over the Monday market fire outbreak that destroyed million of naira.
NNPCL said ” the Northeastern part of Nigeria and Borno state in particular was one of the worst in terms of security. Today Borno state is one of the secured state in Nigeria “.
Earlier, the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El- Kanemi said ” on behalf of myself, the traditional rulers and good people of Borno I want to appreciate your visit to the state to commensurate with our people over the unfortunate inferno at the Maiduguri Monday Market that destroyed property worth millions of Naira”.
Mr. President, at the time you assumed office 17 out of the 27 local government areas in the state were under Boko Haram insurgents but as I am speaking to you, no single local government is under the control of Boko Haram .. The theater Commander, the police and other para-military agencies are doing a good work “, the Royal father said.
The president also took time to commissioned 475 locked up shop, roads networks, Cancer and Kidney centres, UMTH among others projects.