By George Onah
The Minister of Power, Mr. Rilwan Babalola, has said that the Federal Government would be able to avail the country 6,000 megawatts of electricity before the year runs out in spite of the sabotage of the system in certain quarters.
â€œThe government has promised 6, 000 megawatts by December and we will achieve the target on scheduleâ€, Babalola said.
Speaking at Alaoji Power Plant, Abia State, being constructed by Rockson Engineering, the minister said every effort geared towards meeting the set goal was on course, stating that governmentâ€™s resources into the power sector was yielding dividends.
â€œWhen you come to sites like this, it gives great joy that all the efforts of government and resources going into the power sector is actually bearing fruit. I would say that 6,000 Mw is one of the milestones that we have set for ourselves, but it does not stop there.
This particular site is part of our NIPP programme which we believe would add at least another 5,000 mw into the system.It is an on-going effort, and we believe that with all hands on deck, not just on the power side, on the gas side, and, of course, dams and the hydro- power plants, we believe that there would be substantial increase in power supply by the end of the year,â€ he added.Babalola said the government was conscious of the challenges raised by the contracting firm regarding funding.