Completion Of Power Projects In Kaduna Will Revive Ailing Textile Industries – Fed Govt
The hope of resolving age-long problem of access to constant electricity that has crippled the once bubbling Textile Industry in Kaduna will come alive again, as the Federal Government has affirmed its commitment to the completion of the power project on schedule.
Minister of Power, Babatunde Raji Fashola, said what is needed now is more commitments from all stakeholders than before as issues of non-payment of invoices since 2013 will be solved with the 2016 budget, which had captured resources to be paid to contractors who are already back on site. A statement by the press secretary to the minister, Timothy Oyodeji, noted that the minister made this known, while inspecting the Kudanda power project in Kaduna on Thursday.
According to the statement, Fashola said with over 150 workers in the employment of companies handling the project, they will earn money that would enable them pay fees for their children and also provide food on their tables.
On the request by the contractors for government intervention in the clearance of goods for the project, Fashola assured them that this administration would do everything possible to ensure that the 40 containers held up at the Sea Port are cleared. Briefing the minister on the status of the project, director in the ministry and supervisor of the project, Engr. Briskila Sapke, said the Dual Fired LPFO/Gas plant will come upstream, as the 2 units are scheduled for completion by 1st quarter of 2017, which will add 30MW to the grid, while all the 8 units will become operational by the end of 2017.
Speaking at the site also, Kaduna state governor, Ahmed El-Rufai, said that the Kudandan Power Project is very important to the economy of the state as the centre of Textile Industry in the country, in which lack of access to power supply had crippled; pointing out that government will do all it can to revive it, in order to solve the problem of unemployment and youth restiveness in the state.