The Oasis Reporters
April 13, 2021
Mele Kyari says it will be Africa’s largest
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said it will build a gas-powered plant in Maiduguri, Borno State to address challenges in electricity supply to the area caused by incessant Boko Haram attacks.
NNPC Group Managing Director (GMD), Mr. Mele Kyari disclosed this during a courtesy visit to the Borno governor at the Maiduguri Government House.
Mele Kyari, who led other officials of the corporation, said such a project was in line with the president’s cardinal principle to deepen gas consumption in the country.
“Mr. President has declared this year a decade of gas. This means for the next 10 years, there will be significant gas entry into the north..So as a result of the challenges of power supply, in the state we saw the opportunity of supporting Borno State,” he said.
We congratulate our team on the arrival at 10.25pm 8.4.2021 of AKK gas project line pipes by rail from Warri to Itakpe. Less cost, faster delivery time, safer, protecting our roads and more…..The infrastructure revolution is paying up. pic.twitter.com/k5VHoNp07E— Mele Kyari (@MKKyari) April 9, 2021
Worthy of note is that Engr. Mele Kyari’s visit to Borno is homecoming of some sort. He’s Kanuri and Borno born, so doing such a significant project there is giving back to the society that nurtured him.
He said the NNPC and its partners have discussed and decided to establish a dedicated power plant in Maiduguri to “serve the current need and potential supply of gas power to neigbouring cities and border countries like Niger republic.”
It should also be noted that the Boko Haram insurgency that has crippled Borno, it’s epicenter, ravaged the critical infrastructure as well as human capital in that region and the insurgency has not ended. This puts expensive infrastructure at risk, under the war situation.
However the state Governor, Babagana Zulum said the visit of NNPC and its partners can change the entire narrative of the state.
“Power is very essential. With power, we can reduce the magnitude of insurgency in the state,” he said. He commended the GMD for the various reforms he introduced at the NNPC.
As it currently stands, Maiduguri would not be listed among high gas producing areas like the Niger Delta where Gas is being flared, in many cases, for over 60 years, while the area lacks electricity and other modern forms of conveniences.
Ex president Olusegun Obasanjo thought it best to deepen electricity infrastructure in his second coming to power in 1999, by investing in gas powered plants. The one built at Okpai (Kwale) in Ndokwa East local government was hugely successful because it tapped gas from the area for it’s supply and that was why Abuja had reasonable electricity supply.
Many of the other gas powered plants initiated by Obasanjo, like the one at Papalanto were disastrous because they were sighted with political considerations in mind. Papalanto is near Abeokuta, where there’s no drop of Gas. And Obasanjo is from the area. Whereas if he had sighted them in the Niger Delta region, the homeland of gas to reduce gas flaring while powering electricity, the situation would have been a win-win one for the environment and for Nigeria.
Looks like this Kyari led initiative while drive critical infrastructural investment, on the Obasanjo route. Unless the challenges of insurgency are first tackled in Borno.
Additional reporting: Sunnews