Nigeria poised to address power problem

By Timothy Choji, Abuja

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The Nigerian government says it will soon take severe measures that will help address the problem of power in the country.

Minister of Power, Engr. Sale Mamman disclosed this to State House Correspondents while briefing them on decisions reached at this week’s cabinet meeting presided by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said it is unfortunate that the country can generate up to 13, 000 megawatts of power but only 3000 is utilised by distribution companies.

“One of the problem we are facing in this country, such that we cannot get adequate electricity is that of distribution, Generation, no problem, we can generate up to 13, 000 but the transmission can only take 7000 megawatts and then send to distribution but distribution companies only take 3000   because of the technical and commercial losses involved, they cannot contain all the electricity that has been generated,” he said.

Engr Mamman said he had already submitted a comprehensive report to the Federal Executive Council with recommendations that will help solve the problem if adopted.

“We have to correct the infrastructure and that is why today I have submitted my observations to the government and one of the things to tell you is that the Nigerian government has entered into an agreement or memorandum of understanding with a German company, Siemens who are here to align between generation, transmission and distribution such that at the end of the day, if we generate 13, 000 we would be able to utilise all and by that time Nigerians will be happy and we will have 24/7 electricity supply,” the Power Minister stated.

On what will be the fate of distribution companies when Siemens steps in, the Minister said they will have to give way if they cannot meet up because government had been subsidizing for them and it cannot continue to do so.

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