Filed in Headlines by on June 29, 2010

Electricity: FG threatens to sack NIPP contractors
By Agency reporter
Tuesday, 29 Jun 2010

Vice-President Namadi Sambo

The Federal Government on Monday threatened to sack any contractor found wanting in the execution of the National Integrated Power Projects.

The Vice-President, Alhaji Namadi Sambo, gave the warning while presiding over a meeting between contractors handling the projects and government officials in Abuja.

He said since the government had no funding constraint, the contractors had no excuse to delay the execution of the projects that were aimed at boosting power supply in the country.

Sambo said power projects across the country had reached about 85 per cent completion.

He said, “New power plants have reached an advanced stage; all of them are at over 85 per cent stage of completion.

“Other aspects that we must make sure are also ready are the aspects of services that are reposed on you (contractors) – that is the transmission lines that will evacuate the power to go down for distribution.

“So, if I have power plants 85 per cent completed, I expect to have transmission lines at similar stage of work and that is the purpose of this meeting.”

The vice-president assured that he would continue to personally review each contract and monitor the progress being made to facilitate smooth executions of the projects.

He challenged the contractors to ensure the speedy completion of the various transmission projects since the power plants were at an appreciable stage of completion.

The vice-president said, “You have a very important responsibility; I can say with all confidence that funding is not a problem; the money is there in the account of the company to pay for every work.

“So, it is our responsibility to manage your contracts and to ensure you deliver these projects on schedule.

“This is very important to us. We will not accept any company creating delay.

“If we find you wanting, creating problems in delivering the project, we assure you, we will get an alternative source.”

Meanwhile, the Presidential Adviser on power, Prof. Barth Nnaji, has promised faster reforms to encourage foreign investors to take part in a planned privatisation of Nigeria’s power sector.

Nnaji, also said at a conference on Nigeria in London on Monday, that government alone could not invest enough to meet the country’s energy needs. He stated that he was determined to put in place, a framework that would not be altered each time there was a change in government.

Nnaji added that he would create a competitive private sector-led power sector within the next five years.

The presidential adviser, who said that ”access to supply in the country is 40 per cent of the population,” stated that supply ought to be “growing at six percent per annum if we want to achieve our objective.”

He said, ”The government of Nigeria alone cannot do it … We should begin to attract investment form the private sector. This government has decided to reinvigorate it to accelerate reform.”

Nnaji disclosed that the federal and state governments did not plan to maintain executive powers in the joint ventures to be formed after the privatisation of the sector.

“Government will be in only for five years, then it will divest,” he added.


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