Landslide, bad access roads may stall Mambilla hydro power project

The over $3.2billion Mambilla hydro-power project with the capacity to generate 3,050 megawatts is being threatened by several factors including massive landslide and bad roads, Economic Confidential reports.

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It has been gathered that recently, some foreign engineers in the company of government officials on an inspection visit to Taraba State refused to proceed further to Barup, the project site due to bad roads damaged by massive landslide. Other access roads are so bushy that only bikes could ply them, while the rivers have no functional bridges. All entreaties by officials and members of the local community were not heeded by the foreigners who insisted that they would not continue the journey on dangerous paths.

A source at the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing said that the Minister, Babatunde Raji Fashola is keenly interested in ensuring the completion of the project because of its potential to add 3,000MW to the grid through the hydro-electric project rather than expensive gas plants. The officer added that “the Ministry is working towards assessing the condition of the roads for immediate solutions. We are all aware that the project would provide employment opportunities and is expected to boost national economic growth.”