…. direct NEDC to support 20,000 traders of Monday markets
…. commissions hosing units, Cancer Center at UMTH
Olatunji Omirin, Maiduguri
President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated the Maiduguri Emergency Power project with a commitment to provision of uninterrupted power supply aimed at improving lives of the citizenry and enhance economy of the country.
Our Correspondent reports that the president also inaugurated developmental projects executed by the Borno state government and University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital management.
The 50 Megawatt Maiduguri Emergency Power Project is federal government intervention geared towards addressing persistent power outage occasioned by attacks on electricity towers by the insurgents and is aimed at providing reliable and sustainable electricity to the capital of Borno State, and environs .
The project which is at 32 megawatt capacity at present is expected to scale up to 50 megawatts as time goes on.
The president was excited and applauded Governor Zulum for fulfilling his campaign pledges through embarking on numerous developmental projects which the president admitted he had lost count of.
”Your Excellency, I cannot remember the number of projects I commissioned during your first tenure, these laudable projects are impressive. I thank yo
”We also acknowledge the excellent work that you have done, working closely with the Federal Government and other stakeholders, to bring back the IDPs and refugees from Cameroon and other neighboring countries. I think the Governor deserves another term,” he said.
Chairman, NNPC Board of Management Majiri Chuka Okadigbo and the Group Chief Executive Officer ,NNPC limited ,Mele Kolo Kyari said the project has made Borno electricity sufficient state and assured commitment of the NNPC to provide energy at all times and it’s best for Nigerians.
Buhari as part of his engagement in Borno inaugurated a number of projects executed by the Borno state government to include Ahmadu Bello way,Shehu Sanda Kyari ,Lafiya and Mogaram roads ,Bama motor park and market road.
When visited Monday Market, Buhari directed the North East Development Commission (NEDC) through the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, had provided support for the victims that the fire ruined the livelihoods of at least 20,000 traders and estimated of 13,000 said to had razed down.
He also commissioned a Cancer Centre at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH).
Buhari while inspecting the facilities at the centre, where he commended the hospital management.
Chief Medical Director, Prof. Ahmed Ahidjo said the facilities include HD Versa, electa machine among others.
“This hospital is one of the best in West Africa because of the latest facilities there,” Ahidjo disclosed.
He said the hospital is also conducting research on increasing kidney cases in the Borno State and parts of the northeast, through a N50 million grant provided by the state government.
He said the centre has a unit for treating kidney stone with infusion without opening it. “It has two theatre; operation theatre and urology,” he explained.
President Buhari also commissioned 24-flats Doctors Quarters in the hospital built by Borno State government.
Others projects inaugurated include staff quarters at UMTH built by Borno state government and cancer center as well as Bolori 11 road among others.
While responding, Prof Babagana Umara Zulum thanked president Muhammad Buhari for restoring the lost glory of Borno through people oreinted projects , including improved security, approval for construction of ten thousand houses and repatriation of Nigerians in other countries as well as the mega power plant among others.
Governor Zulum appealed to president Muhammad Buhari to support the victims of the Maiduguri Monday market fire incident and assist the state in rebuilding of the market.
The dignitries at the events including, Vice President elect,Senator Kashim Shettima, former Governor Ali Modu Sheriff, Members of National and state Assembly, politicians and members of business community.