*Targets 30 Mw of electricity in first 100 days

BY NDAHI MARAMA

MAIDUGURI – THE Governor-elect of Borno State, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, has promised to address the menace of unemployment with the creation of 500,000 jobs, through partnership with the Chad Basin Development Authority (CBDA) and the Hadejah-Jama’are River Basin in the North-East geo-political zone.

Shettima added that the partnership between the state government on the one hand and CBDA and the Hadejah-Jama’are River Basin on the other was aimed at establishing an Independent Power Project (IPP) at Marte in the Lake Chad Basin area of the state.

According to him, the power project, when completed would generate 30 megawatts of electricity to the North-East geo-political zone comprising Borno, Gombe, Bauchi, Adamawa, Yobe and Taraba states, with a combined population of 15 million people.

Shettima, in an interview with newsmen Tuesday, said his administration would address the epileptic power supply that has crippled development activities in the state.

He said that as soon as he was inaugurated, his priority in his first 100 days would be to fully resuscitate the Marte IPP in conjunction with the CBDA to generate electricity for the people of the state.

The governor-elect added that once addressed the incessant power outage, the endemic problems associated with abject poverty, unemployment and the non-harnessing of the state’s agricultural and solid mineral resources in the state, would be overcome.

This, he stressed, would be the catalyst to speed up the generation of about 500,000 jobs within the four years of his administration.“

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