The Federal Government on Tuesday gave all contractors handling power transmission projects across the country a four-week deadline to complete the projects. Vice-President Namadi Sambo gave the deadline at the 23rd meeting of the board of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
A statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Umar Sani, quoted Sambo as directing that all issues hindering the transmission of power to Nigerians be resolved within four weeks.
He said in order to resolve all issues hindering the completion of transmission lines and distribution of electricity; a meeting that would have in attendance the Director-General, Bureau of Public Procurement; Managing Director, NDPHC; Minister of Power; and other stakeholders should be convened next week to resolve the matters within four weeks.
He frowned on contractors who were slow in delivering their jobs, adding that all issues that would make them fast-track the projects should be resolved as well.
The NDPHC board noted that all NIPP projects should be at 50 per cent completion in July and ceremonial inauguration would be done when work was completed and consumers were enjoying stable electricity supply.
On the issue of getting constant gas supply for the power plants, the vice-president directed that adverts should be placed for interested gas companies to indicate interest.
The board gave approvals to requests brought to it by the NDPHC management, which included the supply of parts to Calabar, Egbema and Gbarain power projects; extension of project consultancy services contract of Steg Encotec (West Africa) Limited; and two additional requests.