By Chris Ochayi
ABUJA – The NigerianÂ Society of Engineers (NSE) yesterday expressed concern over dwindling state of power supply in the country, lamenting that there was no sign that the Federal Government will meet promises made toÂ Nigerians to increase power supply to 6,000 megawatts by the end of the year.
Besides, the NSE has called for a multi-dimensional approach to generation of power using wind, solar, coal, thermal and gas installations, which it said, is a panacea to issues of power supply in the country.
President, NSE, Engr. Kashim Ali who stated this at a meeting with the Minister of State for Power, Arch. Nuhu Wya in Abuja, said the association was worried that it was not aware of efforts by government to meet promises made to Nigerians to increase power supply to 6,000 megawatts by the end of the year and progressively improve to 192,000 megawatts between 2010 and 2030.
Engr. Ali advised that the government should consider a comprehensive mix of power generating sources as the only panacea to steady and constant power supply in the country
He pointed out that the Nigerian Society of Engineers as a pool of over 30,000 engineering professionals was in a position to advise government and help it achieve its plans to improve power supply in the country as a major stakeholder but observed that the Ministry of Power was not carrying the association along wondering why the NSE was excluded from the Electricity Committee set up by the Federal Government.
â€œWe are worried because Nigerians often blame engineers for the inability to solve these power problems and we know we can do it but we have been excluded by the ministry and we donâ€™t know what is happening.