Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Power generation hits 4,600MW

Power generation hits 4,600MW
President Buhari, Amb. Igali and Vice
President Yemi Osinbajo presented a locally

made electricity meter during a briefing
session by the Ministry of Power on its
activities at the State House, Abuja.
The Federal Government on Wednesday
disclosed that the country power generation
has increased to 4,600 Megawatts from about
3,000 Megawatts.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of
Power, Godknows Igali, briefed State House
correspondents after presenting activities of
his ministry to President Muhammadu Buhari
at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said: “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.”
But he insisted that distribution of power
remains a great challenge in the country.
Igali added: “Distribution remains a challenge
because that’s where customers feel it most.
A lot of the Distribution companies, we’re
working with them very closely, tracking them,
to make sure that what is needed at the
distribution level is done.
“They must improve on their network, they
must improve on the availability of
transformers and the supply of meters
because Nigerians are tired of estimated
“So we’ve been working closely with them,
tracking them, and sometimes even fining
“These are things that will be discussed. The
Senate discussed it, NERC chairman met me
this morning asking on what measures we can
take in order to address the concerns raised
by Nigerians. These are genuine concerns
because if you don’t have light and then you
see the bills all the time, it’s not a very good
“So we’ve discussed with chairman of NERC
and these matters are being addressed and
very soon NERC will be reacting to what the
Senate has said.”

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