The Gwaram Abuja Residents Association (GARA) have appealed to the newly appointed Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu to work with relevant stakeholders for the completion of the abandoned Jigawa state based Gwaram Power Sub Station, stating that “Despite adequate budgetary provisions to the project, the failure of relevant authorities to complete Gwaram Power Sub-Station has continued to militate against the economic and industrial development of in the Area,
The Chairman, Comr Hamza Muhammad who made the call in Abuja, on Monday, pledged the readiness of the association and prospective beneficiary of the communities to work together for the completion of the project.
Also explained lamented that decade-long failure to complete the project is a serious threat to the potential of Gwaram as an industrial hub of the region, stating that “the absence of power supply makes it difficult for industrialists to harness raw materials in the region,” this challenge militates against the industrial and economic development of the area.
While appealing for the special intervention of the minister in the completion of the Gwaram Power Sub Station, Hamza discussed some efforts to complete the project, saying, that “the National Assembly made substantive allocation to the project in the 2020 budget.”
“I can confirm to you that a substantial budgetary allocation was made for the Gwaram Power Substation project in Year 2020 budget, but no progress has been made regarding the project, till date.”
He therefore appealed to the new minister to personally intervene in the quest to ensure the realization of the Gwaram Power substation, saying that the project has suffered several setbacks.
“The bottom-line is that we want the Honorable Minister to intervene in the various administrative and infrastructural processes, involving synergy between the Federal Ministry of Power and the National Assembly as well as the government of Jigawa State that will lead to the completion of the project.”
He noted that the project, if completed, will bring various social and economic benefits to the people and the nation at large.