Abandoned Projects: PDP Accuses APC of Spreading Falsehood

pdp-apc-1The leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna State has described as  “cheap blackmail and total falsehood”, allegations by the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) that the incumbent administration of Mukhtar Yero has abandoned all ongoing projects inherited from the last administration of the late Governor, Patrick Yakowa.

In an interview with Channels Television, the Kaduna State PDP Chairman, Abubakar Haruna, said no ongoing project has been abandoned by Governor Yero, adding that 20 out of the 32 roads awarded by the former governor in 2012 have been completed by the Yero administration while the remaining others are at their various stages of completion.

He also said the Yero government had successfully empowered the youth and the elderly through the award of overseas scholarship to indigenous students, payment of pension arrears to civil servants who retired since 2005 and construction of over 300 classrooms and health centres across the state.

The PDP chairman, while stating that the people of Kaduna State have resolved to vote for continuity in the forthcoming polls, alleged that the tenure of Mr Nasir El-Rufai as Minister of the Federal Capital Territory and Director General for the Bureau for Public Enterprise (BPE) did not benefit the people of Kaduna State in any way.

He further stated that the APC out of desperation had decided to use allegations of abandoned projects to discredit the ruling party especially now that the elections are around the corner.

He said APC’s “incontrovertible blackmail and attack on PDP members not only contravenes the Electoral Act, but also against the peace accord jointly signed by the governorship and other candidates”, aimed at preventing violence before, during and after the elections.

Investors To Take Over Electricity Plants By September

The Federal Government on Wednesday said investors will soon take over for Kaduna Distribution Company and Afam Power Plant after the financial bids for the companies was concluded.

The announcement for the winners of the 11 distribution companies unbundled from the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) is expected in a few days.

The Director General of the Bureau for Public Enterprise, Mr. Benjamin Dikki says new owners should be ready to take over by September this year.

Six companies have placed bid for the Kaduna Distribution Company while two for the Afam Power Plant.

The federal government is in the process of breaking up the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria into 17 private generation and distribution companies and selling them for about $2.5 billion as part of efforts to increase electricity output over the next seven years.

After the presentation of grounds rules, confirmation of submitted bids and eventual opening of the bids, Northwest Power Limited ranked highest for the Kaduna Distribution Company while Taleveras Group put in a bid of $260 million for the Afam Power Plant.

The result of the preferred bidders is expected in a few days.

The conclusion of negotiations with the preferred bidders is expected to lead to the handover of The Power Holding Company Of Nigeria (PHCN) successor Generation Companies (GENCOS) and Successor Distribution Companies (DISCOS) by the federal government.