See Nigeria's New Investments' Plan To Boost Electricity
The Nigerian government has approved a new plan expected to improve power supply in the nation.
While many Nigerians are hoping that light will one day be constant, some 2,000 megawatts of electricity generated are not reaching them.
This has been linked to lack of distribution capacity and members of the cabinet at the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday approved a memo from the Federal Ministry of Works, Power and Housing which contained a framework of investments that would be made to expand the national distribution network with the extra 2,000MW of electricity to consumers.
At the meeting, the head of that Ministry, Babatunde Fashola, had told the cabinet that Nigeria now generates 7,000MW of electricity.
Some Residents of Lagos have been consistently made to pay more than they use with estimated billing system
The ministry says the extensive grid expansion in the last
two years had increased the generated figure, but lamented that bottlenecks existed
at Disco level that had constrained the distribution capacity to only 5,000MW.
A statement by the presidency after the meeting said the framework for investment involve competitive International Tendering and Procurement.
In this plan that is coming days after the nation was ranked second in nations with worst electricity supply, the Federal Government will contribute 40% of the needed investment (based on its 40% Disco ownership), while the Discos will contribute 60%.
While the plan is underway, expansion in generation and transmission capacity are continuing, Fashola said.
He also told reporters at the end of the meeting that 1,600MW of new generation capacity would be delivered this year.
At least seven power plants will contribute 914MW to the grid in 2018 and they are;
Katsina Wind Farm 10MW
Afam III 240MW