Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) has identified various ways to provide steady power in the country out of which are the construction of Mambilla Hydro Power Plant in Taraba and the 700 Mega Watts, Zungeru Power Plant in Niger State.
He said this while delivering a lecture titled Nigeria’s Electricity Challenge: A roadmap for change, at a public lecture in Lagos on Thursday.
According to him, the roadmap to steady power must include the construction and delivery of the Mambilla Hydro power plant in Taraba state.
He said, “This project has been in conception since 1982. It has suffered from court delays. But it sits very well with the energy mix that I spoke about earlier. It will be the single largest power plant with over 3000 MW in one place and it potentially takes us close to steady power.
I recently read reports claiming that Mambilla hydropower plant is “stalled. Nothing can be further from the truth.To stall means to stop. Mambilla has not started so you cannot stop what has not started.”
The minister said that the government had opened discussions with the Governor of Taraba state, Governor Dickson Ishaku, who incidentally was once a Minister of State for Power.
“The first thing to do is to acquire the land and deal with compensation issues, which the Governor has promised to deal with.
The next step is to create an earth road to the site to enable more tests of soil and related issues to take place. The feasibility study has been done and so too the Environmental Impact Assessment. We move one day at a time closer to starting Mambilla.