Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has ordered a swift completion of the ongoing Kogi/Koto rural electrification project without further delay.
The governor, spoke on Saturday while undertaking the inspection tour of the project at the Muritala bridge in Koto.
The governor inspected the installation of the 185mm2 XLPE Cable for the replacement of the undersized 75mm2 XLPE cable currently serving the people of the Kogi/Koto Karfe local government area.
During this visit, he implored the contractors to intensify their efforts, aiming for a prompt and efficient project completion.
He said, “I am happy with the accomplished quality of work so far but given the significance of this project to this administration and the socio-economic well-being work of the local populace, you need to double your efforts towards swift completion of the project.
Representing the contracting team, one of the site supervisors, Omachi Atayi, assured the governor that the project would adhere to the specified timeline.
A statement issued on Saturday by the Chief press secretary to the governor, Onogwu Mohammed stated that Governor Bello has demonstrated unwavering commitment to ameliorating the living conditions of rural Kogites across the state’s three senatorial districts through rural electrification initiatives.
“His dedication has been steadfast, with the governor effectively addressing the longstanding issue of unreliable power supply in Kogi East through the ‘Light-up Kogi East Project.’ Subsequently, he extended his efforts to Kogi Central and, most recently, to the western senatorial district of the state.
In Kogi East, a persistent electricity challenge was the absence of power supply expansion across the Ajaokuta bridge into the Eastern part of the district. Governor Bello has faithfully fulfilled his promise to upgrade essential electricity distribution infrastructure, facilitating enhanced power transmission from the Ajaokuta substation to various areas within Kogi East.
This upgrade has significantly augmented the power load capacity from 14.5 MW to approximately 45 MW, guaranteeing sustainable electricity for over 45 communities spanning nine Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Kogi East.” Onogwu noted
In addressing electrification obstacles within Kogi Central senatorial district, the governor’s ongoing initiatives aim to interconnect rural communities in Kogi/Koto with the national grid, ensuring a reliable power supply for the entire area.” he added.