By Chioma Onuegbu
UYO—MINISTER of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, yesterday, said Nigeria has 5000 megawatts distribution capacity, adding that the Federal Government’s promise to provide steady power supply to Nigerians was real and in progress.
Fashola, who spoke during the 25th monthly Power Sector meeting held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, also disclosed that the generation capacity in the country has reached 7000 megawatts.
His words, “We have reached a 7,000 MW generation capacity and have a 5,000 MW distribution capacity. What is newsworthy is that in the last month, we had met with Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN, DISCOs, and GENCOs on how to implement
the Eligible Customer Policy and increase connectivity to the 2,000megawatts that is available.
“We have secured the World Bank approval for $486million TCN transmission expansion funding, while progress is being made with the same bank for the Rural Electrification and Distribution Expansion Funding.
“Our power Sector Recovery Programme, PSRP, the set of policies, actions and programmes meant to solve the power sector problems continues to make progress and deliver results.
“One of the results is the regulation that will democratize access to meters for power sector customers. In many parts of the country connected to the grid, citizen feedback is positive, even though all the problems are not solved.
“Citizens acknowledge more power in dry weather, reduced hours of running their generators and reduction in fuel (diesel and petrol) purchase to power generators.”
The Minister who explained that power sector recovery programme put in place has started yielding results, presented a copy of Meter Asset Provider Regulation 2018 that will democratize access to meters for power customers to the state governor,
Mr. Udom Emmanuel.
He said the country was moving away from theorizing about power to actual provision of efficient power to support trade and business, especially small and medium enterprises, who are the drivers of the economy.
“Clearly, our power initiative is well underway, some jobs are manifesting and the promise of steady power is real. If we persevere, I am certain that we will witness uninterrupted power, which is the final destination of our journey,” Fashola added.
In his response, Governor Emmanuel commended the Minister for his drive and efforts so far towards solving the problem of power in the country, adding that if the effort was sustained, power problem in the country would be over.
Emmanuel assured of the determination of his administration towards providing digitalized meters for every household in the state by 2019, noting that the metering company will be able to provide four million meters need of the country and urged the Federal Government to take advantage of the metering company.