By Musa Sunusi Ahmad
The Nasarawa State Government has disclosed plans to revive the moribund N5.4 bn Farin-Ruwa Independent Power Plant, awarded in 2004, by the first civilian governor of the state, Senator Abdullahi Adamu.
Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, stated this shortly after inspecting the 15.5km Sisin Baki-Kwarra road, as part of activities marking his one year in office, on Tuesday.
While highlighting the reasons his administration embarked on the project, which commenced early of last year, the Governor said with the Federal Ministry of Water Resources constructing another dam in the area, the state government is looking at reviving the project started by the former governor, as well as generate additional 20 mega watts from the Farin Ruwa waterfalls.
Engineer Sule cited tourism and agriculture as other core reasons his administration is constructing the Sisin Baki-Kwarra rural feeder road.
Commenting on the progress of work at the site, the Governor expressed satisfaction that in spite of the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, work is progressing steadily, noting further that from all indications the job will be completed on time.
He particularly appreciated the quality of work being delivered by the contractors, CCECE, the giant Chinese construction firm, which has started laying the stone base at the project site.
“From all indications, we are extremely happy, all of us. Both the Deputy Governor and I, as well as all the other officials that we see, including the Gom Mama, who gave strong recommendations and acceptance for the types of drainages they are constructing. I have seen the drainages and I am happy with it,” Engineer Sule stated.
The Governor was optimistic that with the quality of drainages, the road will last longer.
The 15.5km Sisin Baki-Kwarra road, which was the first of the major project under the present administration of Engineer Sule, was awarded early February year at the cost of N2.4bn.
Meanwhile, as part of the continuation of activities lined up to mark the first anniversary of his administration, Engineer Sule commissioned a one km road in Akwanga, constructed by the Akwanga Local Government, as well as inspected progress of work on the Kagbu-Wana feeder road in Nasarawa Eggon Local Government Area.