Nasarawa State governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, is woing investors who fled Lafia, the state capital, for lack of power, to come back and invest, stressing the Akurba 330MVA/132MVA/33MVA is ready for commissioning.
Engineer Sule made the overture shortly after witnessing the energising of the 60MVA transformers at the Akurba power substation, on Wednesday.
According to the governor, who was visibly excited over the development, explained that his excitement is stemming from the fact that, with the Akurba substation, it provides an opportunity for those investors running away from Lafia because of the lack of steady power supply.
“Today, they can feel free to come and invest in Lafia because it’s an opportunity to see these investments now to see these investments are coming. This is a very stable power line,” he said.
Earlier on Tuesday, while the governor was away on an official engagement to Udege-Mbeki, the 150MVA transformers were energised, indicating that once the contractor hands over the project, Lafia will begin to experience steady power supply.
Engineer Sule said with the substation already energised, all that remains is to schedule a date for the project to be commissioned.
He noted that, from the designs of the project, two lines were dedicated to Lafia, with the the substation designed to have a total of six lines-out, one line to Doma, Akwanga, Assakio and Keana respectively.
The governor however pointed out that for now, only the two lines going into Lafia are ready, with the rest to be completed as soon as the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) takes over the project.
Engineer Sule used the opportunity of the visit to thank the owners of the project, the Niger Delta Power Holding Company, AKAI, the main contractors of the project, who have remained constantly on the project site, as well as the Bureau for Public Procurement (BPP) in Abuja, for taking lots of pressure while he pursued for the importation of conductors and the lines-in-lines-out.
“Now we will be talking about a date for commissioning. As far as power is concerned, the transformers have been powered,” an excited Governor Sule said.