Nigeria’s Minister of Power, Mr. Sale Mamman, says he is committed to offering the needed leadership to achieve the mandate of President Muhammadu Buhari on providing electricity to several communities and boost power supply.
The President in his nationwide Independence Day broadcast to mark Nigeria’s 59th Anniversary said his administration remained committed to tackling power sector reforms, in its bid to ensure stable, uninterrupted power supply.
This is just as the President said his administration would deliver the first set of its key critical infrastructures by 2022 which include; the Mambilla Power Plant project and economic road infrastructure such as the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Second Niger Bridge and Abuja-Kano Expressway.
According to him, ”the first set of these projects remain on track to be completed by 2022.”
In August, the government signed an agreement with Siemens and announced a plan to raise the country’s operational capacity to 7 Gigawatt short-term, then to 11 Gigawatt by 2023 and finally 25 Gigawatt later.
Nigeria’s population is estimated to be about 202 million in 2019 and its current installed capacity is less than 13 Gigawatts.
However, of the estimated 13GW, only over 7 Gigawatt is available and less than 4 Gigawatt reaches the final consumers on average due to weak transmission and distribution infrastructure.
The Presidential Power Initiative therefore intend to modernise the National Grid in three stages, to raise electricity supply from five Gig watts to seven Gig watts, then to eleven Gig watts by 2023, and finally 25 Gig watts afterwards.
The partnership which the Nigerian government had entered with the German Government and Siemens would provide end-to-end electrification solutions that would determine the current transmission and distribution challenges.
The President stated that the program looks to localise the development and assembly of smart meters as well as the operations and maintenance capabilities of transmission and distribution infrastructure.
“I am pleased with the improved inter-agency collaboration between the Ministry of Power and the regulators in the banking and power sectors to ensure that electricity sales, billings and collections are automated and become cashless,” President Buhari said.
“I remain confident that Nigerians will have affordable and uninterrupted electricity supply in the not too distant future” President Buhari added.
Nigeria’s Minister of Power therefore reiterated the commitment of the Ministry to deliver adequate power supply to boost the country’s economy.