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Independent power projects: NDPHC assures on June deadline

By on March 27, 2013

The Niger Delta Power Holding Company Ltd, NDPHC, has assured the public of the commitment of all its stakeholders towards meeting up with the June 2013 deadline for the completion of all the National Independent Power Projects, NIPP.

NDPHC Managing Director, Mr. James Olotu gave the assurance on Tuesday while commissioning two NIPP distribution stations at Eke and old Trade Fair site, both in Enugu State.

He stated that although, the projects were initially delayed for nearly three years owing to the probe of the power sector, the federal government had rolled out machineries to ensure that the projects were completed in record time.

“The NIPP projects as we all know was initiated in 2005, the contracts were then awarded; but you are all aware of the delays we had during the probe panel days, which kept us away for almost three years. We are back and the projects are now being delivered.

“His Excellence the Vice President, Namadi Sambo made it clear the last time we met with him that the federal government want all NIPP projects completed by June this year, and this is just the testimony of our commitment to meeting that deadline. Today, we have commissioned three projects, and we had earlier commissioned three in Delta, we also have many others scattered around the country”, he said.

The NDPHC boss observed that the implication of the projects was that darkness was fast being chased away in the country, stressing “we are opening doors for the growth and development of our youth”.

Also speaking, the Chief Executive Officer of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, Enugu Distribution Zone, Engr. Suleiman Yahaha disclosed that the essence of the distribution stations was to relieve all the over loaded transformers within the complex of the station.

He said: “We have 2 feeders already, so the implication is that people within the GRA, Bissala Road, Artisan and other neighbouring areas will have almost uninterrupted power supply”.

In a remark, the contractor, Engr. Johnson Ibe, the Mangaing Director of W.B Ibe and Brothers Ltd, said the company was fully committed to meeting up with the June target.

“We are on line as regards to all those projects, we have 8 projects and 4 would have been commissioned today. We are going to meet up, we are working day and night”, he assured.