6 years after Boko Haram activities left Michika and Madagali local government areas completely in the dark, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has officially commissioned the rehabilitated power sub-station for the twin communities.
The attack on the twin communities by the insurgents in 2014 left transformers, power lines and installations completely damaged, thereby disconnecting the communities from the national grid.
Its been 3 months since the present administration under the able leadership of Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri contracted Electro Max Engineering Services Limited for the reconnecting of the twin communities for the sum of ₦283.8m and the Governor was on ground to commission the project after its completion.
Delivering his speech at the memorable ceremony which took place in Michika town on Tuesday Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri revealed that the electricity project covers major towns of Baza, Watu, Michika Shuwa, Gulak and Madagali in the northern part of the state.
He maintained that developing rural communities remains the priority of the present administration under his care so as to enable people at the grassroot contribute their quota to national building and development.
Governor Fintiri then urged the people in the twin local government areas to take full advantage of the electricity by engaging in commercial activities that will improve their income and livelihood.
While appealing that the people to be vigilant, he stressed that government will not tolerate the activities of economic saboteurs, who go about vandalizing public properties and electrical installations.
Earlier in his remarks, the Commissioner for Rural Infrastructure and Community Development Hon. Abdullahi Adamu Prambe noted that the electricity project covers the areas that were cut off from the national grid by Boko Haram insurgency that dates back to 2014.
He applauded the Governor for the support given to his ministry towards implementing the rehabilitation work of the network from michika to Madagali and rehabilitation of 7.5MBA 33/11 KB power transformer at Michika.
On his part, the Zonal Managing Director of Yola Electricity Distribution Company (YEDC) Baba Umaru Mustafa applauded the state government for facilitating the return of electricity to the 2 affected local government areas.
He declared that plans are also in the pipeline to improve power voltage in Mubi and environs that have been experiencing low voltage for so long.
While calling on electricity consumers in the 2 communities to ensure payment of electricity bills as at when due, he called on them to take full responsibility of safeguarding the facilities for the benefit of the larger society.