- Allays fears over insecurity
Tobi Soniyi in Abuja
Nasarawa State Governor, Alhaji Tanko Al-Makura, has called on the Federal Government to improve power supply to his state.
The governor, who addressed State House Correspondents after a meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday, also allayed the fears of insecurity in his state and pledged to do all with his capacities to ensure peaceful coexistence in the state at all times.
Asked why he came to see the vice president, Al-Makura said: “Basically, I spoke with the Vice President about the issues of power and energy in my state. And as you must have known, Nasarawa State being very close to the Federal Capital Territory, and I raised a lot of demands for power and energy for domestic and industrial purposes.
“Given the sophistication of this area in terms of different kinds of activities. And ironically, the state which was first connected to power in 1978, is still within 33KV which is not even enough for the state capital not to talk about other local government councils.
“So, I have come specifically to request and plead with Mr. Vice President and the chairman of NIPP about the impending power initiative in the country to consider Nasarawa State as one of the states that will benefit from the 330KV which is the robust infrastructure for power that comes all the way from Enugu to Benue and to Plateau States.
“It just passed beside the Government House but Nasarawa State has not been able to benefit. I have been on this struggle since 2012, but up till this time the state is still terribly deprived of power and he has listened to me. I believe that the people of Nasarawa State will heave a sigh of relief once the 330 KVA is done and another 132KVA is connected to it for easy distribution.”