By Ajuma Edwina Ameh
Following power outage caused by incessant Boko Haram attacks in Maiduguri, Borno State capital, the Group Managing Director, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mallam Mele Kyari and Governor Babagana Umara Zulum, on Thursday performed the groundbreaking ceremony of the Maiduguri & Environs Emergency Power Project (MEPP).
The ceremony officially marks the flag off of the construction of a 50-megawatt gas turbine power plant which is expected to generate electricity to Maiduguri and its environs.
Persecondnews recalls that in April, Kyari disclosed that the corporation will partner with Borno State Government to establish a gas power plant, following the vandalization of the national grid by insurgents which has plunged the state into total blackout for almost three months.
The MEPP is a Federal Government intervention strategy in tackling the perpetual power outage in Maiduguri caused mostly as a result of incessant vandalism of critical power infrastructure by insurgents.