The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has disclosed plan to establish a gas power plant in Maiduguri, Borno State, to address the problem of power supply.
The Group Managing Director, Mr Mele Kyari, was reported to have said this on Friday, during a courtesy call on Governor Babagana Zulum.
He revealed further that the plan was in collaboration with stakeholders, even as the corporation looked to spend a short time on the project.
“We think it is very possible to establish a dedicated plant in Maiduguri, which will serve the current needs and potentially supply power to neighbouring cities, and even countries.
“We are seeing a very short time-frame; between three to four months, we should be able to put up a power plant that will serve Borno,” Kyari said.
While expressing confidence that all stakeholders involved – including the gas supplier and power distribution company – would deliver, Kyari added that they also count on the support of the Borno government.
The NNPC helmsman maintained that within the next 10 years, there would be significant gas entry into the domestic market.
According to Kyari, the corporation would work with Borno State to ensure the infrastructure needed was put on ground for smooth delivery of power and recovery of the cost of power to be supplied.
In his remarks, Zulum said siting the gas plant in his state would be a big relief to the people.
“Today’s event will change the narrative in our state as power is very essential in reducing the magnitude of poverty caused by insurgency in the state,” the governor said.
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