In an effort to address power supply challenges, Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state has assured of partnership and collaboration with the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) in the state.
In a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media Publicity, Isma’ila Uba Misilli said that the state will soon enjoy additional 80 megawatts of electricity and consequently witness improvement in power supply.
He said during a courtesy visit by the Governor to the Corporate Headquarters of TCN in Abuja, the Managing Director, Usman Gur Mohammed acknowledged that Yahaya was the first state Chief Executive from the North-East to visit the Organisation to canvass support and intervention for the region.
Muhammad disclosed that TCN will install additional 300MVA, 330/132kV and 100MVA,132/33kV transformers in Gombe state Transmission Station.
He explained that the Procurement process for the transformers is in progress.
Mr. Gur Mohammed also assured the Governor that the ongoing 2X60MVA, 132/33kV new substation in Billiri will also be completed, adding that when it comes on stream, it will help in boosting supply, especially to communities in Gombe South and Akko local government area as well as other parts of the state.
According to him, with the TCN’s Transmission, Rehabilitation and Expansion ( TREP) project, Gombe state will witness increase of about 80 megawatts which he said will help in boosting electricity supply across the state in line with the Governor’s vision.
The MD used the occasion to brief the Governor and his team on the existing, ongoing and planned power transmission projects in the nation and North -east in particular, revealing that Gombe state will soon have multiple sources of transmission.
He took a swipe at Jos Electricity Distribution Company ( JED), describing the company as the worst performing DISCO in Nigeria in terms of service delivery, calling on them to take advantage of the expansion to invest in their networks in order to provide stable electricity supply to their customers.
Muhammad further disclosed that failure to improve on its services, the company risks facing the wrath of the market rules.
Earlier, in a remarks, Governor Inuwa Yahaya said he was at the TCN Headquarters to canvass for improved collaboration between Gombe state and the Transmission Company with a view to strengthening and expanding the transmission facilities as well as improving electricity supply in the state.
He lamented the lingering power supply problem the North-east, and Gombe state in particular and called for concerted efforts to address the situation.
He noted that though Gombe state is in a vantage position to access power from many sources, but lamented years of neglect the state and North east suffered in the sector.
Governor Yahaya who described electricity as the vertebral column of societal development, declared his resolve to collaborate with TCN and all relevant agencies and bodies to ensure that Gombe state enjoys an improved power supply for the economic growth and general benefit of the citizenry.
The Governor was accompanied by the Chief of Staff, Alhaji Abubakar Inuwa Kari, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Budget, Planning and Donor Agencies Coordination, Dr. Ishiyaku Mohammed and former Director-General, National Pension Commission who also served as Chairman of Gombe State Transition Committe, Malam Muhammad Kabir Ahmad.
It will be recalled that the Governor had recently constituted a 9- man Taskforce with the mandate to find ways of improving electricity supply in Gombe state.