By Ishaq Zaki
The Zamfara Government says it is working in partnership with the Federal Government to generate 30 Megawatts of electricity from the Bakolori Dam.
Alhaji Lawal M-Liman, the Commissioner for Rural and Community Development, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Gusau, that the partnership was to boost power supply to the state.
M-Liman, who is the Chairman of the State Projects Monitoring Committee, said that the partnership was part of issues discussed at the September meeting of the National Council on Power, held in Jos.
According to him, the federal government has promised to provide technical support under the National Energy Support Programme, for the actualisation of the project.
“We are already discussing with some power generation firms, to achieve the target,” the commissioner said.
He also spoke on the state government effort to link more communities to the national grid, saying 100 towns and villages have been connected.
“You will recall that the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, visited the state twice when he inaugurated various electrification projects executed by the state government,” he said.
According to him, the state government has also reconstructed various federal roads with the agreement that it would get reimbursement of funds spent on the projects from the federal government.
“When the present administration in the state came on board in 2011, almost all the roads in the state including the state and federal government-owned were in a state of dilapidation.
“Despite the economic challenges faced by the state, we spent billions of naira to provide the roads including the federal highways in the state, to address the problem of poor roads network.
“We have achieved a great success in this partnership of road projects, because a large percentage of the roads are almost completed,” M-Liman said.(NAN)