The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday in Abuja, approved N39.6bn for various contracts for transmission lines in the ministry of power.
Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu, who briefed State House Correspondents at the end of the meeting chaired by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, said the N39.6bn contract comprised of offshore and onshore components of $53m and N15.6bn respectively.
Aliyu said, “I presented three memos to the council today and I got approval for the three memos.
“The first memo sought the council’s approval for the procurement of transmission line materials for re-conductoring works for the Transmission Company of Nigeria in favour of Messrs Legacy Power in the sum of $6m; that’s the offshore value.
“The component for the onshore is N145m inclusive of the all the taxes and 12 months of completion.”
He said the second memo sought the council’s approval for the award of contract for the construction of a 15km turn in-turn out line of the existing Akure-Ado-Ekiti 132KV single-circuit transmission line at Akure 330KV, 132KV, 33KV sub-stations.
The contract, he explained, was in favour of Messrs Legacy Power Limited in the sum of $2.5m as the offshore component and N988.5m as the onshore component.
According to Aliyu, the Akure sub-station which was completed since 2021 was a 330KV sub-station which the FG could not energise due to lack of line.
He said, “The line is supposed to come from Benin which is a new line under construction. The line is coming from Benin North to Oshogbo which will pass and energise the Akure sub-station.
“So, this project is 132KV line from the Akure sub-station going to Akure-Ado-Ekiti which is simultaneously going on with the Benin North-Akure line.
“By the time we are able to energise the Akure line, this project would have been completed so that the whole area will have no problem of electricity. This project will be completed in 12 months and was also approved by the council.”
Aliyu said the third memo the council considered from the power ministry featured five projects which were to design, supply and install 132KV sub-station and transmission lines across different locations in the country for the TCN.
He explained, “The contract is in favour of several contractors in the total $53m; this is the offshore; then the onshore is N15.6bn.
“The projects are all similar—design, supply and install 2 by 60MVA 132 33kV transmission sub-station across the country as I stated earlier.
“We have one in Misau Local Government Area, Bauchi State. We have another one in Mashi Local Government in Kastina State. We have the third one in Benue State, which is Api and North Bank in Makurdi; then we have the fourth one which is at Ebonyi State, one 60MVA transformer at a university in Ebonyi State; then, we have the other one at Ebonyi Airport; then, the fifth one is a line of 30km at Rimin Zakara to Kayin in Kano.”
Addressing the press, the Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada, said the ministry presented a memo to the Council on the African Union Convention on Cross Border Cooperation, better known as the Niamey Convention.
He explained that the convention was initiated by the Nigerian government during the conference of African ministers in charge of borders on May 29, 2012 in Niamey, Niger Republic, and adopted in Malabo Equatorial Guinea in 2014.
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