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3050 MW Mambilla Hydro Power Project Set to Start

3050 MW Mambilla Hydro Power Project Set to Start

IMG-20160906-WA0005Forty Chinese engineers have visited the site of the 3050 WM Mambilla Hydro-Power project at Gembu in Taraba State.

The high-profile visit undertaken in the company of officials from the Federal Ministry Power, Works and Housing and heavy security which took place weekend is preparatory to the take-off of the project; official sources told Daily Trust.

The area is located about 340 kilometres away from Jalingo, the State capital.

The team inspected areas mapped out for the project from River Dongo in Gembu, headquarters of Sardauna Local Government Area.

The main project, including the massive turbines, is to be constructed at Baruf where River Dongo cascaded from 1671 metres above sea level into the basin below.

It was gathered that this was the first time such some experts visited the site since the plan to construct the dam was conceived several decades ago.

The Dam, according to its design, will also boost irrigation farming in the State, a major source of excitement for thousands of people who live in the project area.

A community leader, Alhaji Suleiman Zubairu, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his commitment towards the execution of the project, adding that the arrival of experts in large number to the project site was a good indication that the Federal Government was fully committed to the actualisation of the project.

IMG-20160906-WA0003In a related development, the squabbles between two Chinese companies that caused setbacks previously had been resolved, officials told Daily Trust yesterday.

It was also learnt that the scope of work at the site has finally been presented by the Chinese contractors to the Federal Government.

A consultant and former staff of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) had told our reporter that, President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration got a new French expert who expanded the project’s scope to 3050 MW and re-valued the cost at $3.2bn (about N636.9bn) in 2011.

The power sector expert attributed the delay in flagging off the project since 2011 to the inclusion of Sinohydro Corporation, a Chinese firm that was not part of the original bid winners – CGC/CGGC in 2005.
“The Obasanjo government signed the contract with the Chinese firm in 2007, and if it were followed by now, we would have added 2600mw additional hydropower to the grid,” he said.

Earlier this year, Fashola had said the Taraba State Governor who was a former Minister of State, Power, Mr Darius Dickson Ishaku acquired the project land and would construct an access road to the site.

“The first thing to do is to acquire the land and deal with compensation issues, which the Governor has promised to accomplish.
“The feasibility study has been done and so to the Environmental Impact Assessment. We move one day at a time closer to starting Mambilla,” Fashola had stated.

The Director, Energy Resources Development in the Ministry, Mr. Emmanuel Ajayi who responded to a recent Daily Trust enquiries said the Federal Government this year resolved that the two Chinese firms, Gezhouba Construction Group Corporation (CGGC), and the Sinohydro Corporation must agree to handle the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract.

Mr Ajayi in the exclusive interview said project cost had been reviewed by the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) valuing it at $5.732billion (about N1.140 turn).

Another official in the ministry said the project could last for 63 months (over five years) after it is flagged off, including 12 months for a Defect Liability Period (test running). On the funding sources, it was gathered that the federal government will contribute its 15 per cent equity financing after raking in about N1 Trillion from the sales of the ten gas-based power plants under the National Integrated Power Projects (NIPPs).

The transaction process has been on since 2014 when the bidders were announced.

Our reporter learnt that should the funding delay, Government is ready to explore a loan source for the 15% from the African Development Bank (AfDB) to fast track the construction as the 85 per cent funding from China is already domiciled with the China Export-Import (EXIM) Bank.

Senior Special Assistant on Media to Taraba State Governor, Silvanus Giwa yesterday confirmed the visit to the area by the Chinese firm saying they were there on a feasibility study preparatory to the commencement of the project.

On the issue of compensation, Giwa said the Taraba State Government was working towards creating the conducive environment for its payment which, according to him, had to come from the Federal Government.
“It is because this that the State Government recently issued a warning to landowners at the place to stop selling land to speculators to avoid a crisis in the payment of compensation”, Giwa said.

Also, a former deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Babangida Nguroje yesterday confirmed the visit by the Chinese to the Mambilla Hydro Power project site saying he was reliably informed that all necessary arrangements had been concluded for the taking- off of the power project.

Nguroje who hails from Nguroje community on the Mambilla said: “I can confirm to you that the Chinese were at the project site yesterday, and we have been reliably informed that they are making the necessary arrangements for the commencement of the project.”

He said the people of the Mambilla are excited over the project, especially following the recent visit to the area by former President Olusegun Obasanjo while assuring that they would give their maximum cooperation for the success of the project considering its potential economic benefits.
“We are psychologically prepared for the taking- off of the project,” he said even as he appealed to the Federal Government to expedite action on its take-off.

Among the 27 active power generating plants in Nigeria, only three including Kainji, Jebba and Shiroro Generation companies (Gencos) are hydro-based electricity source.

The other 24 plants are at the mercy of present vandals activities cutting short gas supply to them.

The country’s power grid had dipped to less than 2,000mw in this year and had barely risen to 4,133mw in mid-August when series of vandalism of gas pipelines crashed it to about 3,500mw yesterday, statistics from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) revealed.

Top most of the Hydro Power projects are the ongoing 700mw Zungeru project in Niger state, 40mw Gurara project in Kaduna state, 40mw Kashimbila project and the mega 3050 MW Mambilla project, both in Taraba state.

#Culled From Daily Trust Online News.

Taraba State Government to Improve Productivity in Technology

Taraba State Government to Improve Productivity in Technology

The State Government have reiterated its commitment to collaborate with the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology to enhance productivity in technology.

Governor Darius IshakuGovernor Darius Dickson Ishaku stated this when officials from the Ministry paid him a courtesy call in his office and explained that they were in the state on a fact-finding mission.

The Governor, represented by the Secretary to the State Government Mr Anthony Jallason said the state government would collaborate in the area of youth’s empowerment to make them self-employed.
According to him if the state government cooperate with the ministry the centre here in Jalingo will benefit the young people and the people of the state.

He commended the Director Jalingo centre Dr Jummai Adamu Tutuwa for her credibility in developing the centre stressing that it will continue to assist the centre in active development.

Earlier in his address, the permanent secretary Federal Ministry of Science and Technology represented by the Director Bio-resources in the ministry, Pharmacist Abayomi Oguntunde said they were in the state on a familiarisation and study visit of the Jalingo centre of the Bio-resources.

The permanent secretary expressed happiness and commended the director for living up to expectation saying that the centre is one of the best in the country.

He appealed to the state government not to relent in assisting the centre to grow up from strength to strength.
The team from the Federal Ministry also visited the State Commissioner, Ministry of Science and Technology Alh. Alhassan Hamman and intimated him on the purpose of the visits to the state and the centre in Jalingo.

Responding, the Commissioner thanked them for the tour, adding that they should do their best to assist the centre for higher productivity.

Similarly, the team also visited the Chief of Kona Mr Augustine Njemang Vengkani at his palace in Kona were the Chief commended them for the courtesy call and appealed to them to engage people of Kona Ward and carry them along in their activities.

NITDA’s Jalingo Smart City Project Gets Global Recognition

NITDA’s Jalingo Smart City Project Gets Global Recognition

The Jalingo Smart City IDPs Tracking and Monitoring Project, designed and implemented under the supervision of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Smart City Initiatives and immense support from Her Excellency, Wife of the Executive Governor of Taraba State and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Hope Afresh Foundation Taraba, Barr. Anna Darius Ishaku has won global recognition.

nitda jalingoThe project was awarded the Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC)  $10,000 Leadership Prize at the just- concluded Smart City Innovation Summit in Austin, Texas, United States.

The Internet of Things (IoT)-based solution offers hope to thousands of Nigerians who have been displaced in Jalingo, Taraba State with a medium to a long-term plan to implement the solution throughout the North Eastern region.

The project will also provide more accurate data to Government Agencies and support groups as well as enable citizens to receive quicker and better quality response before, during and after displacements.

The Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) is a collaborative platform enabling Local Governments, Nonprofit Organisations, Academic Institutions, Technologists and Private Corporations Globally to form project teams or “Action Clusters” to work on groundbreaking Internet of Things applications within the smart city environment.

Across the country, GCTC Action Clusters are working to address the country’s most pressing problems in the areas of transportation, public safety, health, education, waste management, internal revenue collection among others.

The Jalingo IoT-based IDP Tracking and Monitoring System Action Cluster consists of the NITDA, Hope Afresh Foundation Taraba, Jalingo Local Government Council, IDEA Hub, Land Gate Consultancy and a host of telecommunications companies in Nigeria.