Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, has appealed to contractors handling transmission projects for the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, and Niger Delta Power Holding Company, NDPCH, across the country to go back to sites and ensure the speedy completion of the projects, even as he promised that all their complaints would be resolved within a reasonable timeframe.
The minister made this appeal at a meeting with contractors in Abuja, adding that the purpose of the meeting was to share the concerns of contractors handling various transmission projects with a view to assist them solving their challenges and ensure a timely completion of the projects.
Fashola revealed that the meeting would ensure that those who abandoned their projects are immediately mobilised to go back to sites.
He also received briefing from representative of NDPHC on the status of their projects such as issues on evacuation on the eastern axis, Alaoji-Ikot-Ekpene 300KVA double circuit line and the switching station at Ikot Ekpene. The minister also received status report on ongoing TCN projects across the country.
Following the report, Fashola directed that a submission of lists of projects that have 70 percent and above completion status, but for which provisions were not made in the 2016 budget approved for TCN be made to his office and the list of contractors who assured the meeting of the completion of their projects before the end of 2016 and its relevant information should also be submitted to him.
He also requested for a list of contractors who have completed and handed over projects and their details, but are yet to be paid and those that have their companies stocked at the ports which have attracted accumulated port charges, government will intervene but the responsibility of moving out the cargoes from the ports would be done by owners of such containers.
Responding, the Group President, Skipper Nigeria,Jitender Sachdeva, who spoke on behalf of the contractors, commended the minister for convening the meeting, as the outcome will lead to increased power generation in Nigeria and create employment opportunities for youths.
Sachdeva said the administration of President Buhari is committed to increased power generation through the completion of transmission projects across Nigeria as power produced and not evacuated would become useless.

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