The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the construction of a $39.9 million 220km Calabar-Ikom 132 Cable Double Circuit Transmission Line, in a bid to boost electricity transmission in Cross River State.
According to News Agency of Nigeria, this was disclosed by the Minister of Power, Mr Sale Mamman after the FEC meeting that was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Wednesday at the State House.
Mamman added that 3 other Power and Electricity memos were approved by the FEC, including the construction of 45 km Offafa-Umuahia Transmission Line in Abia State in the sum of $170,465 plus N814.1 million.
He also disclosed that the council approved N259.9 million for the construction of a substation at Obajana with line base extension at Lokoja.
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“The last one is the construction, design, and supply of 2 by 50 MVA 132 33 substations at Ikom with 2 by 132 line base transmission at Calabar, Cross River State.
“It also includes the design and construction of 220 km Calabar-Ikom 132 Cable Double Circuit Transmission Line. The amount is 39.9 million dollars plus N9.5billion”, Mamman said.
Meanwhile, the Director-General of Cross River State Electricity Agency (SEA), Mr Stanley Nsemo disclosed to THE PARADISE on Tuesday that only the Federal Government can solve the electricity huddle the state is facing.
“For power to work in Nigeria, not just Cross River, it will take the might of the Federal Government – and this includes regulating the policy and restructuring the power sector”, Nsemo said.