The Commissioner for Power, Hon. Badina Garba, and his Information and Orientation counterpart, Hon. Danjuma Adamu has advised the people to cease from orchestrating a campaign of falsehood against the person and office of the governor regarding the Mambilla Hydro Power Project.
The Commissioners said this during a press briefing in Jalingo at the weekend where they revealed that the Mararaba-Baissa-Abong-Nguroje road construction was part of the strategic and proactive steps taken by Governor Ishaku to make the project’s implementation easier.
According to the Commissioners, the Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has commenced construction work on the Mararaba-Baissa-Abong-Nguroje road in his determination to remove every obstacle on the way to the proposed Mambilla Hydro Power Project in Sardauna LGA of the state.
The Federal road, according to the Commissioner for Power, Badina Garba, and his Information and Orientation counterpart, Danjuma Adamu, is being constructed and funded by the state, adding that the state government had as well rented apartments for use as office and accommodation for the staff of the Federal Ministry of Power.
Reacting to the allegation that the governor had refused to collect the cheque approved by the Federal Government for the compensation of those affected by the project, the duo said the money was not for compensation, but for survey work.
“Payment of compensation has not started as being erroneously canvassed in the media. A lot of work by both the state government and the federal ministry of power still needs to be done before getting to the stage of compensation.
“There are several milestones to be met. The governor has directed that this must be thoroughly conducted to avoid complaints and controversies now and in future,” they said.
While agreeing that the process “is still ongoing”, the duo said “it is therefore wrong to label such an honest effort of the government to do a thorough job as delay.”
According to them, the governor who was a former Minister of Power, knows more than most Nigerians the benefits of the project hence, they urged the people to eschew sentiments, for the Federal Government to make the project a reality.