Residents of Boto town in Tafawa Balewa local council, Bauchi State, continue to live in darkness as a N45.8 million rural electrification project meant to generate power for them had not been installed.
The locals were hitherto connected to two faulty transformers before the federal government initiated the power project, according to Tracka, a not-for-profit public accountability and project monitoring organization.
“N45.8m was PAID to Duvalier limited for the Rural Electrification in Boto Town, Tafawa Balewa LGA, Bauchi in the 2022 FG Budget. We tracked and report that this project has been abandoned,” Tracka tweeted yesterday.
“The contractor visited the community to fix only the high tension wires which were not even completed. The two transformers that the community depends on have been faulty for the past 8 years. We call on the @TheREANigeria [Rural Electrification Agency of Nigeria], the executing agency to call the contractor back to site immediately as funds have been disbursed for this project.”
Earlier today, Tracka tweeted that the contracting firm, Duvalier Limited, contacted it team and claimed the Bill of Quantity does not include transformer repair.
“The contractor – Duvalier Limited – reached out to say their BOQ only stated the execution of a grid extension and nothing about transformer repair.
“According to them, they have erected and wired 4 poles along a 9.6km stretch of road in Boto town as stated in the contract. So despite the ‘completion’ of this project, the people of Boto are still without electricity as there is no functioning transformer to power the grid,” tweeted Tracka.
WikkiTimes contacted the Rural Electrification Agency of Nigeria via the contacts provided on its website, but messages sent to the numbers had not been responded to.