By Barnabas Augustine
Adamawa State Government has completed arrangement to complete abandoned rural electrification by previous administration in Seven communities in Gombi Local Government Area.This was the approval made, Wednesday at the State Executive Council meeting presided by Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri at the Council Chambers in Government House Yola.
Briefing Government House Yola Correspondents shortly after the meeting, the Commissioner Ministry of Information and Strategy, Honourable Neido Geoffrey Kofulto said that the administration of Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri noticed that the abandoned projects in the State is becoming wastes to the Government. Adding that the Government has decided to complete abandoned projects started by previous administration.
The Commissioner explained that electrification of the Seven towns and villages of Pahar, Baiwa, Kaulewa, Guyaku amongst others in Gombi Local Government Area was awarded to MSSR Galaxy RL Ltd by the previous administration at the cost of Forty-Four Million, Four Hundred and Sixty Two Thousand, Four Hundred and eleven naira, eleven Kobo (N44,462,411.11kb).
She stated that the contract was awarded to the contractor on 24 February 2007 and mobilization fee was paid to them.
According to Hon. Kofulto, the contractor executed the project to 20% and later stopped because of the differences in price resulting from high cost of electrification equipments and materials.
She said that the Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri led administration after engaging the contractor to complete the project, made upward review of the contract from the initial amount of over 44.4 million naira approved in 2007 to one hundred and ninety-two million, six hundred and seventy six thousand, two hundred and fifty nine naira, ten Kobo (N192,676,259.10kb).
Hon. Kofulto said that the electrification project in the seven towns and villages in Gombi Local Government Area was captured in 2023 approved budget under the heading, Provision of Electricity Supply to Seven Towns and Villages.
Contributing, the Commissioner Ministry of Rural Infrastructure and Community Development, Hon. Titus Solomon said the project will commence immediately and will be completed in 12 months.