Christian Okeke.TRIBUNE. 29 April 2013
THE Federal Government, at the weekend, said electricity generation capacity would have hit 10,000 megawatts by first quarter of next year and by the time, all ongoing National Integrated Power Projects (NIPP) must have been completed.
This is even as it noted that the country was reaching a time of stability in power sector, while promising that the nation would experience a robust sector in coming years.
The permanent secretary in the Ministry of Power, Dr Godknows Igali, who spoke to select journalists in Abuja, at Nigerian Pilot/Newsworld Magazine Leadership Forum, also warned that the government would no longer accept the practice of vandalising power infrastructure across the country.
He disclosed that Kaduna power plant would commence power generation by the end of the year, noting that additional power plants were expected to come on stream soon.
“In the years ahead, we are going to have electricity sector that is robust. If you look at the past few weeks, many Nigerians agreed that power situation improved considerably.
“We had a problem about two and a half weeks ago when one of our main trunks had a shut-down for major maintenance work. We came out and said we had to shut down operations and for those weeks, we lost 1,000 megawatts of power
“We have over 4,500 megawatts going out and that is being increased. We are only getting better from this level. We are looking at close to 10,000 megawatts by the end of the year. So we are looking at between 9,000 and 10,000 by the time all the NIPP projects come on stream towards end of this year. About this time next year, we shall be looking ar about 9,000, close to 10,000 megawatts,” he said.
Speaking on the improved electricity supply across the country, the permanent secretary said “we were working at electricity for about eight hours but right now, we have been able to cross from 12 hours to 18 hours. It varies, but for some of our main towns, we now have over 16 hours. So it is a gradual process.”