• Wednesday, April 17, 2024
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Dangote refinery will end Nigeria’s energy crisis – Sule

Nasarawa develops strategy to increase IGR, harness mineral deposits

Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule has expressed the optimism that the launch of the multi-billion naira Dangote Refinery in Lagos would end years of energy crisis being experience in the country.

The governor, who made the observation during the commissioning and handover of the Loko-Oweto Bridge constructed by the Federal Government, commended the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari for embarking and completing various projects in the state.

Governor Sule, who showered lots of encomiums on President Buhari for paying his dues in the past 8-years of serving the country, said, the commissioning of both the Dangote refinery and the Loko-Oweto Bridge were indeed dreams come true.

“It’s another dream come through like yesterday. We have seen the end of the energy crisis in Nigeria yesterday by the commissioning of the Dangote Refinery. It’s another dream come true for the people of Loko and Oweto in Nasarawa and Benue States respectively, as well as all the Southeastern part of the country. We are celebrating a dream come true of the bridge.

“Mr. President, we can’t thank you enough. We believe you have paid your dues, you have done well for us and by the grace of God, God will be kind also to you,” he said.

The governor, who represented President Buhari at the commissioning of the bridge, also commissioned the 58km road, 33KVA electrification project in Loko, headquarters of Loko Development Area.

He disclosed that his administration has also awarded the construction of 2km low tension line from the main road to link Loko town.

The event is historic for Loko, known as a centre for water transportation and trading since colonial era, with the ancient town now linked to the national grid.

“We have also installed four 500KVA transformers and in addition to that, we have the neighboring towns that are also going to be installed with 200KVA line soon,” the governor assured.

Sule therefore, appreciated the people of the area for their support during the last election, adding that, the commissioning of the project was in fulfillment of the promise made to electrify Loko and environs.

The governor also promised that his administration will undertake the construction of township roads within Loko town.

Aliyu Ahmed Tijani, the former secretary to the state, who is also the spokesperson of Loko Community, described the event as fulfilling.

“Today is a day of fulfillment, it’s a day of happiness and joy. The entire people of Loko community as well as those across the River Benue, we want to sincerely thank God for making the events possible.

“Your Excellency we sincerely thank you for all the services rendered to ensure these activities took place today and to ensure that Loko community is linked to the national grid,” he said.

The 2.2km Loko-Oweto Bridge linking the northern and southern parts of the country would shorten travel from the route by six hours.

Sule earlier approved the sum of N500 million and six transformers for the electrification of Loko town and environs.