Buhari Gets Chinese Backing For Mambila Power Plant

Buhari Gets Chinese Backing For Mambila Power Plant

President Muhammadu Buhari has secured the backing of the Chinese government for the building of the 3,050 megawatts Mambila hydroelectric power project.

Buhari secured the support on Wednesday in Beijing, China, where Buhari met with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the China-Africa Cooperation summit.

Buhari also sought Chinese support for four airport terminals and the Abuja light rail project.

“In the past 24 months, the Chinese government has provided humanitarian aid to our conflict-affected areas, a scholarship to Nigerian youths, military training and security support to our personnel and agricultural modernisation training,” Buhari said.

“Mr President, as we celebrate these successes, I would like to once again solicit your support for the Mambilla hydropower project, which remains a key priority for my government.

“Our hope is to fund the project with concessionary loans from China as any alternative funding arrangement will adversely impact the project’s viability.

“We have been informed that our submission on this project is undergoing assessment by the relevant Chinese agencies. We hope that with your kind intervention, this assessment will be expedited.

“Your Excellency, Mambilla is Nigeria’s equivalent of the Three Gorges Dam. My wish is that you join me for the ground-breaking ceremony of this project in the not too distant future.”

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