Chris Steven, Abuja
Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Power, Works and Housing, says Nigeria electricity generation has hit a record high of 7,000 megawatt (mw), out of which 2,000mw is now being wasted due to lack of adequate distribution facilities.
Fashola, who expressed joy over the record power generation, said the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) is currently embarking on over 200 power projects to boost the distribution of electricity in the country.
He spoke in Ajaokuta, Kogi State, on Monday during the 22nd Power Sector meeting.
“On Friday Dec. 8, we reached an all-time power production of 7,000 and a great peak supply of 5,155 Megawatts, which Nigeria has never produced or generated.
“The last supply was 5074 mw in January 2016, after which we went into a season of disruption of gas supply by militants.
“It means that our policies and programmes are working, and we are also so now able to evacuate substantially all of that power by transmission.” He said
While saying that the Federal Government was doing all it can to attract more investors to the power sector, Fashola commended Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State for paying the compensation that was mitigating against the development of the Kabba Transmission sub-station.
On his part, Adeyemi Adenuga, Managing Director, Generation, Geregu Power Plant plant, said the plant was handed over to private company on Oct. 1, 2013, saying the new owners have invested about 94 million dollars into the plant to make it what it is today.
His words : “Right now, we can successfully run three units (turbines) comfortably, effectively and efficiently. So, we hope that from this meeting we will get the needed loads for our machine.”