Gabriel-SuswamThe  Benue State government has spent N8.2 billion on provision of electricity to 147 rural communities in the state.

The Commissioner for Rural Development and Cooperatives, Aondowase Chia, made this known when he briefed newsmen in Makurdi on Thursday.

Chia who said that 44 electricity projects had been inaugurated and 31 others ready for inauguration, added that the aimed was to provide electricity to rural communities.

He said that 35 other electricity projects were ongoing while 37 had been approved and were awaiting funds for their commencement.

The commissioner said N1.3 billion was spent on opening up feeder roads and construction of bridges, culverts and other engineering projects across the state.

He said that the sum of N1.3 billion was also spent for the construction of feeder roads, bridges, culverts and other engineering projects.

Chia said that 20 of the civil engineering projects had been awarded; six have been completed while 14 were ongoing.

According to him, contract had been awarded for the construction of additional 24 civil engineering projects both of which are yet to be mobilised.

The commissioner, who said that seven billion naira had been paid for civil, electrical and mechanical projects, added that the projects had attained 90 per cent completion.

He also said that the ministry had registered 18,584 cooperatives societies, 86 unions and six federations in the state.

He said that the state generated N2.2 million on the renewal and registration of cooperative societies in 2013, thus surpassing its budget target of N1.3 million.

He warned individuals who vandalise rural electrical facilities to desist or face the wrath of the law.


Information from The Guardian was used in this report.