* Promises to address problems
By Levinus Nwabughiogu
ABUJA — President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the problem of power sector in Nigeria was more in the transmission than generation. He, however, pledged his administration’s readiness to rectify the problem to realize steady power supply in the country.
According to him, the realisation of steady power supply will launch the country into faster socio-economic development.
The president gave the assurance after taking briefing of the activities of the sector by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Power, Ambassador Godknows Igali, in his office.
President Buhari said that his administration had already identified the critical problems in Nigeria’s power sector and was taking appropriate actions to address them.
“The problems besetting our power sector are not difficult to identify. Therefore, priorities can be easily set in order to tackle them. The problems are more with transmission than generation, and we equally need to secure the power infrastructure round the country. We will address all these issues,” the President assured.
Speaking earlier, Ambassador Igali told the President that power generation in Nigeria which was 1,750 MW in 1999, has improved at 4,600 MW.
He added that gas was available to take generation to 5,500 MW in a short time, but that the country needed to expand its electricity infrastructure to accommodate additional power generation.