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Rehabilitation of PHCN facilities will improve power supply —Minister

The Minister of Power, Mr Lanre Babalola, on Friday in Abuja said the rehabilitation and expansion of the existing PHCN facilities would improve power supply in the country. He spoke at a seminar organised for staff of the various institutions in the power sector.

Babalola assured Nigerians of a substantial improvement in power supply by the end of the year, adding that this would be made possible through the unflinching support of the Federal Government.

He said the National Integrated Power Projects (NIPP), headed by Vice- President Goodluck Jonathan and the entire energy sector were working assiduously for the completion of the project to realise the 6,000 mega watts target by December. Babalola promised that government would also attain 10,000 mega watts by 2011.On renewable source of energy, he said plans were on to exploit coal to generate power, where there were large coal deposits in the country.

“We are looking at decentralising source of energy. We have large coal deposits in Enugu which must be put to good use if we want to achieve the objective of making electricity accessible and affordable. Solar is another alternative source of energy being given due consideration.

“A wind map of Nigeria has been produced as a prerequisite for using windas a source of power. Government has commenced the construction of a wind mill in Katsina, which will take two years to complete,”” he added. Mr Nuhu Wya, the Minister of State for Power, also promised Nigerians that government would achieve its targets of 6,000 and 10,000 megawatts by December 2009 and 2011 respectively. “In realising the targets, we need to be very proactive and interactive, so that we can all find a lasting solution to the incessant power problems,”” he said.


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