President Muhammadu Buhari has recorded another impressive achievement as generation of power reaches a record high 4.600 megawatts (MW).He assured Nigerians that his government would make sure that electricity supply around the country is constant to aid the economic development of Nigeria.
Buhari made this disclosure after he was briefed on the electricity situation in Nigeria by the permanent secretary of the federal ministry of power, Ambassador Godknows Igali, Vanguard reports.
The increased power generation is a record high considering the fact that 9 months ago under the administration of former president, Goodluck Jonathan, the nation was generating just 2,500MW
According to Buhari, his administration will give the power sector maximum attention to boost power supply in Nigeria because they are aware that steady electricity will launch Nigeria into faster economic growth.
He also revealed that his administration will prioritise certain measures in its action plan to boost the electricity situation in Nigeria, saying the Federal Government had already identified the critical problems in Nigeria’s power sector and was taking appropriate actions to address them.
“The problems besetting our power sector are not difficult to identify. Therefore, priorities can be easily set in order to tackle them. The problems are more with transmission than generation, and we equally need to secure the power infrastructure round the country. We will address all these issues,’’ he assured.
Igali informed Buhari that power generation in Nigeria, which was 1,750 (MW) in 1999, is now 4,600MW. He added that gas was available to take generation to 5,500 MW in a short time, but that the country needed to expand its electricity infrastructure to accommodate additional power generation.
“We are doing over 4,600MW of power on the grid and we can do better. But then this is a big improvement from about 3,000MW we had before.
“Other times when we attain 4,000, because of pipeline disruptions we go down to about 2000MW. We’ve consistently in the past two months been having over 4,500MW and we are getting close to 4,700MW.”
Igali however revealed that there was still problem with distribution of power but assured that the ministry was working closely with distribution companies to solve the problem