Kashimbilla Dam To Increase Power supply By 40 Megawatts, FEC OK N47.2b.

Kashimbilla Dam To Increase Power supply By 40 Megawatts, FEC OK N47.2b.
The Federal Executive Council have approved the sum of N47.2bn to increase power supply in the country. This, according to the Minister of Power, Mr. Sale Mamman, follows the additional supply of 40 megawatts of power to the national grid.
The Minister told State House correspondents after the FEC meeting that the 40 MW would be moved from the Kashimbilla Dam in Taraba St

ate. The meeting was held via teleconferencing.

“The council approved the ministry’s memo for the revised estimated total cost for the augmentation of the subsisting contract in the sum of N4,235,303,821.90, to provide additional 40 megawatts, currently being generated from Kashimbilla, via Takum, Wukari and Yandev, to the national grid.” The Minister said.
He listed states to benefit from the power supply in the North-East and included Benue State as one of them when the  40MW is evacuated.
Mr. Mamman further said that the country could lose up to 120 gigawatts of power or $9m in a year if the energy was not evacuated from the dam.
The FEC also approved a separate N683m for the Nigerian Ports Authority.
The money is for the procurement of 19 operational vehicles.
Transportation Minister, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, who spoke on the approval, explained that it was the first time the NPA will purchase vehicles in the last four years of this administration.
According to him, the council kindly approved the sum of N683,613,000 for the purchase of 19 vehicles for the NPA.
“This is the first time in four years that the NPA is buying any vehicle; that is why the council considered and approved it.
These are operational vehicles not for management staff or any other thing. They are all Toyota vehicles.” He said.
At the same time, the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed, said the reason the FEC was held via teleconferencing was because of the  COVID-19 pandemic.
However, he told reporters that the virtual option was picked to enable governance to continue to run.
Mohammed added that the e-option was also efficient as only ministers who had memos to present were required to be physically present.
He said, “It has been quite a while and I am sure you all know why. It is COVID-19. But, we must not allow COVID-19 to completely stop us; it might have slowed us down but we must find ways of coping with COVID-19.
The task force and the various emergency response centers all over the country are doing their best to arrest and slow down the spread. Government also thought it was important to at least find a way of running governance. That is why we resorted to technology.
After a long time, for the first time in the history of this country; if I can remember, a federal executive council meeting was held via teleconferencing, where only ministers who had memoranda to present were physically present at the villa.
Other ministers joined from their various offices via teleconferencing. If this is anything to go by, it has even proven to be a very efficient way of running government.”
Ministers presented their memos before the end of the meeting.

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