In order to provide social amenities to communities abandoned during the insurgency and the subsequent destruction of electricity poles by windstorms, the Yobe State Electrification Board (REB) has embarked on reconstruction and replacement of the affected poles in Damaturu, the state capital.
General Manager of the Board, Engr. Umara Mustapha Goniri, who disclosed this, last year, said “in the 2018 fiscal year, attention would be given to communities and housing estates that do not have light and those that needed reconstruction.”
Some beneficiaries of the gesture at Afghanistan and Waziri Ibrahim housing estates, Mr. Irmiya Kilyobas and Alhaji Ali Audu Gaye, commended the efforts of the government for restoring light in the areas, lamenting that “individuals cannot take up the responsibilities considering the huge financial implications.”
Gaye also said some communities in Gujba and Gulani local governments should have been linked to national grid, but was hampered by the activities of the insurgents in the past, “but now the area is peaceful and will allow his men to move in there.”
Blueprint investigation showed that the recently, N106,762,500 approval granted by the state government for total reconstruction of 33KV transmission line of 33km distance linking Bayamari to Gaidam was almost completed.
Last year, the government of Ibrahim Gaidam in Yobe state approved over N500 million for various constructions and reconstruction of transmission lines and linking of communities to national grid in the state.