President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed for the support of the Chinese government towards the completion of the Mambilla Power Project in Taraba State.
Buhari made the plea at the recent Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Beijing, reports the Guardian.
I told President Xi that the Mambilla Hydropower Plant is Nigeria’s equivalent of China’s Three Gorges Dam, and that I look forward to him joining me for the groundbreaking ceremony in the not-too-distant future. I am fully committed to the realization of this landmark project. pic.twitter.com/j5Wc6ufJ04
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) September 5, 2018
The Mambilla project is Nigeria's biggest hydropower plant, which would be connected to three dams across Taraba's Donga River.
The Nigerian President said: “We have been informed that our submission on this project is undergoing assessment by the relevant Chinese agencies. My wish is that you join me for the groundbreaking ceremony of this project in the not too distant future.”
Responding to the plea, President Xi Jinping assured his counterpart of his government’s support. Read more: Chinese consortium to head Nigerian hydroelectric plant
“We understand how critical the project is to your country and we will take a serious look at it and ensure that it succeeds because of its social and economic benefits,” said Jinping.
Financing for Mambilla Power Project
In September 2017, the government of Nigeria approved a $5.792 billion contract, which was meant to enable construction work to begin on the Mambilla hydropower project.
Making the announcement at the time, Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola highlighted that several efforts had been made to bring the hydropower project into reality.
“I'm happy to announce that this government approved the contract… to joint ventures of Chinese Civil and Engineering Company for the engineering and turn-key contract, including civil and electro-mechanical works for $5.792 billion,” stated Fashola.