Maiduguri, 3 March 2023 (TDI): President of Nigeria. Muhammdu Buhari inaugurated a gas power plant in Maiduguri Borno State, and pledged to rebuild the Maiduguri market that burned on Monday.
The gas plant, which was built by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), would supply 50 megawatts of electricity to Maiduguri and overall to Borno State.
The State capital has suffered untold hardship due to power failure resulting from the destruction of power installations feeding the city over a year ago by the Boko Haram terrorist organization.
Thus, the Maiduguri Emergency Power Project (MEPP) is a power generation project aimed at providing reliable and sustainable electricity to Maiduguri, the capital city of Borno State.
The project was necessitated by the extended power outages experienced in the region in the last nine years. These outages were caused by vandalism and insurgency attacks on power supply infrastructure and resulted in a decline in economic activities in the region.
Furthermore, President Buhari also visited the Maiduguri market which burnt down by fire on Monday. He also met with condoled the victims of the market and assured them the government will compensate for the loss.
Maiduguri Monday market was on Sunday struck by a fire outbreak, burning down the entire market. Shops and goods worth billions of naira were destroyed.
The President had before the visit extended his deepest sympathy to the victims of the Maiduguri market fire incident.
He assured those who suffered losses from the fire incident that the Government would do all within its powers to support the efforts of the Borno State government to ameliorate their plight.
He will as well commission some projects such as road networks constructed by Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, at Bolori Layout area, Ahmadu Bello Way Road, among others, during the visit.