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    40,000mw power generation by 2020 realisable, says FG

    BY CHRIS OCHAYI

    ABUJA — THE Federal Government has assured that the target of power generation peaking at40,000mw by year 2020 would be realised, with the expectation of more capacities from Mambilla, Zungeru large hydros, grid power from solar, wind and coal-to-power initiative.

    Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Amb. Godknows Igali, gave the
    assurance while playing host to the team of the body of permanent
    secretaries in the civil service on peer review mission.

    He said the review was meant to assist the creation of service-wide
    framework that would enable Ministries, Departments and Agencies,
    MDAs, deliver on their mandates.

    Igali identified the key element of this initiative as it would make
    the civil service more responsive and accountable to Nigerian people.
    Igali said the bottomline of his ministry’s mandate was to provide
    policy framework for the realisation of electricity for domestic and
    industrial uses of Nigerians.

    “For a long time, government has regulated the sector, the attending
    problems have been with us for long, now the determination of
    government is to change gear and allow the private sector to come in,”
    he said.

    Expressing optimism that Nigerians would soon experience uninterrupted
    power, Igali said that although government had not privatised
    transmission, it was encouraging the private sector to come into the
    sub-sector, considering the huge investment required in the evacuation
    of power.

    In his remarks, the Head of Service, Alhaji Bukar Aji, commended the
    manner the leadership of the sector had handled privatisation adjudged
    to be the biggest on the continent, ascribing the feat to openness,
    purposeful and transparent leadership.

    He promised to align the civil service with the Transformation Agenda
    of  the President by religiously implementing government’s
    people-oriented  policies and programmes.

    Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, commended the Head of Service
    for upholding the ethics of public service with passion.


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