Seven out of the eleven new power plants being constructed across the country to stabilize power supply have been completed. The remaining four will come on stream by the first quarter of next year.
Information Minister Mr. Labaran Maku announced this in Lafia at an emergency meeting of stalwarts of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Nasarawa State, preparatory to the forthcoming national convention of the party.
He disclosed that 150 out of the 220 power injection sub-stations under construction have been completed to boost power generation and distribution across the country.
According to Mr. Maku, the PDP-led Federal Government is pursuing the systematic development of the country through the enactment of right policies to attract private sector investment and reforms in key sectors of the economy.
He said, going by the reforms in the power sectors, upon completion, all the power plants would be privatised to achieve full capacity utilisation.
The Minister stated that despite the distraction caused by violence in some parts of the country, Nigeria’s economy is growing at about 7% while the nation has remained the preferred destination for Foreign Direct Investment in Africa.
Mr. Maku blasted the opposition for claiming to provide alternative to the PDP and urged members of the party in Nasarawa State to remain steadfast in support of the party because it serves as a model for democracy and development.
He observed that due to the size of the PDP with members from diverse interests and opinions, the party was able to unite the nation and stabilize democracy in the country.
The Minister stressed that Federal Government’s intervention is fast-tracking development in Nasarawa State. He listed the construction of Lafia-Doma road, Lafia-Awe-Tunga road, establishment of a Federal University, construction of a Federal secretariat and Central Bank, construction of the Oweto Bridge, job creation under the Subsidy Reinvestment Programme and the provision of 50% counter-part funds for the construction of all public primary schools as some of the projects executed in the State.
He said the State of Emergency declared in three states in the North East has succeeded in returning peace to the volatile areas and expressed delight that for the first time in three years, a durbar was staged in Maiduguri to mark the Eid-el-Fitr.
The Minister used the occasion to appeal to the youths of Nasarawa State to shun violence and embrace peace for development to thrive, warning that violence and rancour retard progress.
Mr. Maku was confident that with unity of purpose, devoid of tribal or religious sentiments, the PDP would reclaim Nasarawa State from the opposition come 2015.
In his opening remarks, Nasarawa State Chairman of the PDP, Chief Yunana Iliya said the emergency meeting was called to articulate a common position towards the forthcoming national convention of the party.
He raised the alarm over threat to the lives of stalwarts of the PDP in the state particularly the State Legislators for discharging their constitutional responsibilities and urge party members not to succumb to intimidation from any quarters.
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