By AbdulSalam Muhammad
KANO -Â Minister of State for Energy, Mr. Nuhu Somo Waya, says the 6,000 megawatt promised by President Yarâ€™Adua is still feasible if the militants in the creeks of Niger Delta lay down their arms.
Waya, who spoke with newsmen in Kano at the end of an inspection visit, explai-ned that most of the anticipated increase was hinged on the thermal turbine that uses gas, adding that most of it have been affected by the militantsâ€™ activities.
â€œI have always assured Nigerians that the 6000 megawatts generation capacity is very feasible if the amnesty, which is being pursued by the present administration yields the desired results and the militants lay down their arms. Our contractors will go back on site and put those pipe-lines which have been vandalised in order,â€ he said.
The minister declared that it is a big challenge to generate 24 hours uninter-rupted power supply, adding that they are working assiduously to achieve a reasonable increase.
Waya maintained that until the Niger Delta crisis is resolved, Nigeria may continue to witness drop in power supply, pointing out that the hostilities in the region have prevented engineers from carrying outÂ necessary repair works.
He hinted that the ministry has been able to rehabilitate other sources of power within the Niger Delta region, adding that the generating plants scattered in strategic locations across the country are either undergoing rehabi-litation or have been rehabili-tated.
Waya revealed that the proactive action has in turn put the total megawatt today at 2400MW, while it has the capacity to increase the figure to 5,000 megawatt.