President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday (February 24, 2022), commissioned a number of projects including the 330/132/33KV power sub-station and a cargo airport in Lafia, Nasarawa State.
The power sub-station was part of the projects marked out for inauguration by the president during his two-day official visit to Nasarawa State.
The President had earlier arrived at the Lafia Cargo Airport – one of the projects that was commissioned – and on hand to receive him was the Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule along with Governors Yahaya Bello of Kogi, Simon Lalong of Plateau and Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi.
Others were Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu, Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu and Mohammed Abdullahi, Minister of State, Science and Technology.
Members of National and State House of Assembly from Nasarawa State were also around to welcome the President to the State.
Speaking to newsmen after the commissioning of the power sub-station, Abubakar Aliyu, Minister of Power, said that the project was one of the legacy projects of the President in the state.
The Minister said that the project, which began in 2017, had been completed and the people of the State were already benefiting from it.
He listed some benefits of the project to include rapid growth in the socio-economic activities by way of attracting foreign investors who will create jobs.
He said that small scale businesses such as hairdressing, barbershop, welding and tailoring were already benefiting from the quality electricity from the sub-station since it began operation few months ago.
Aliyu added that with the inauguration, Nasarawa State has now become a centre of electricity distribution.
On the issue of estimated billing, the Minister said that measures had been put in place to tackle it by ensuring that every consumer is metered.
He explained that under the mass metering initiative of the federal government, more than one million people were metered and more than four million meters were available for distribution in the second phase of the programme.
“The plan of the government is to make sure that every electricity consumer is metered so as to permanently tackle the problems associated with estimated billing system.
“When everyone has a meter, every customer is a liberty to waste his electricity or control it”.
The Minister assured the public that the Akurba power sub-station and other projects by the federal government would be fully utilised.
The President had earlier, after commissioning the cargo airport, commissioned the vocational skills acquisition center, the ultramodern bus terminal, the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Kilema-Shinge Road, all in Lafia.
He also paid a visit to the palace of the Emir of Lafia, Justice Sidi Bage (Rtd).
There is also a special gala night scheduled to treat the President to the rich cultural heritage of the people of Nasarawa State.
On day two of President Buhari’s visit to Nasarawa, he is scheduled to commission projects in Keffi and Karu Local Government Areas of Nasarawa State.