Residents of Lafia, Nasarawa state capital and its environs will soon enjoy adequate and steady power supply as the construction of the 330/132 KVA transmission substation in the city nears completion.
Mr Umar Moddibo, Manager of the project disclosed this on Thursday at an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) workshop with members of the Akurba host community and other stakeholders.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the project is being executed by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC).
Moddibo noted that the project had reached 95 per cent and upon completion, would provide at least 23 hours adequate electricity supply to Lafia and environs.
“According to our work schedule, all major works at the substation will be completed by Dec. 23.
“What will be left is the powering (Turn in – turn out) of the substation from the nearest transmission line.
“Our target is that by the end of the first quarter of 2020, the issue of insufficient power supply in Lafia and environs will be over,” Moddibo said.
He explained that the substation have the capacity of 420 MVA and one of the best amongst the 72 substations so far built by the NDPHC in the country.
Moddibo said that the project would enhance rapid socio-economic development in the state through the reduction of cost of production of goods and services.
“This will encourage the establishment of factories and small scale business, improve standard of living as well as increase the revenue base of the state,” Moddibo said.
He said that the company would build block of classrooms for the community as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
Mr Eze Odigbo, General Manager, Environment and Community Relations of NDPHC said that the essence of the EIA was to ensure the environmental sustainability of the project.
Odigbo, represented by Mr Olajide Olubunmi, the deputy general manager said the scoping workshop was part of the EIA process where the host community and other stakeholders interface with the company to collectively assess the impact of the project.
He noted that the ultimate aim was to ensure the mitigation or elimination of negative impact arising from the project.
In his remark, Alhaji Aliyu Ahmadu, District head of Akurba community, who spoke through the youth leader, Idris Mohammed commended the Federal Government for siting the project in their community.
According to him, the project aimed at industrialising the state is a clear demonstration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s determination to develop the country.
He, however, appealed to the company to employ some of the youth who were engaged in the construction of the substation as permanent staff.
Edited by Modupe Adeloye/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)