Electricity: We Will Generate 20,000MW In 4 Years – Minister
Power supply is one problem that seems to have no solution in Nigeria.
Many administrations have promised to solve this particular problem but Nigerians are still paying crazy bills for darkness.
Businesses have been frustrated to death, while the challenge it brings to households is unquantifiable.
But the Nigerian government believes it can achieve its plan to generate 20, 000 megawatts of electricity over the next 4 years.
It believes the plan is on course.
The Minister of State for Power, Mustapha Shehuri, expressed the believe in Funtua, Katsina State when he inaugurated a 132/33 KV transformer that would boost power supply to local governments in Katsina South by 200%.
He said that the government was replacing faulty transformers nationwide and installing new ones in order to ensure steady power supply to Nigerians.
According to him, there is ongoing transmission rehabilitation and expansion programme that would facilitate full utilisation of the more than 7,000 megawatts of power currently available.
Less than 5,000 megawatts of that capacity is rationed by the population that is over 170 million.
"Government is determined to provide safe, reliable and sustainable power supply to the citizenry,’’ the minister emphasised.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 60MVA 132/33 KV power transformer project in Funtua, fully funded by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), was successfully energised on October 10.
The Minister also inaugurated a 40MVA 132/33KV mobile power transformer in Zaria, Kaduna State.
Earlier, TCN Managing Director, Usman Mohammed, said efforts were on to complete the installation of power transformers scattered across the country using its engineers and other in-house staff.
The TCN has successfully achieved frequent control, first of its kind in 20 years, he told the Minister.
Mr Mohammed also announced that the TCN would establish 3 additional sub-stations in Kaduna at Keke, Rigasa and Kakau to boost power transmission in the state capital.