The Concerned Citizens Monitoring on Power Projects in Nigeria has advocated for the execution of various power projects in the North under the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited (NDPHC).
The NDPHC is a special purpose firm owned by the three tiers of government tasked with the responsibility for implementation of the NIPP.
The group said ten new thermal power stations have been largely completed in the south, while the phase two, which comprise Mambilla hydropower project and 16 other identified medium and small hydropower projects across the North have been abandoned.
The phase two projects are projected to contribute about 4,000 megawatts (MW) to the national grid.
Sani Shehu Usman, the Chairman of the group, said they are focused on ensuring that President Muhammadu Buhari succeeds in his quest to fix power deficit in Nigeria but is concerned that some executive directors at the NDPHC are not supporting the efforts.
In his words, “no power project has been completed in the North; except perhaps the Geregu power plant, in Kogi state. We want power projects done in the North and we also want intervention projects for Katsina state.
He added, “In the original plan, at least 10 hydropower projects and transmission lines are to be built in the North but that hasn’t been achieved. Ten have been built in the South based on the original design.”