The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced its plans to improve electricity supply across the country. Acccording to Babatunde Fashola Minister of Power, Works and Housing, the Government has proposed over 190 new projects to boost transmission, generation and distribution.
Fashola also commissioned a 60MVAR capacitor bank, built by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN). The population has grown over the last 20 years without corresponding expansion in the services already installed.
The minister said investment capital into the power sector has been on the increase since the Muhammadu Buhari administration came on board. He promised that the administration would not relent on its promise of incremental power.
According to him, there has been a lot of improvement not only in the quantity of power, but also the quality of power that is transported as well as the quantity that is distributed. He further added that the focus now is to increase voltage, because it is critical for general safety and quality of lives and property.
He added that Abuja does not need to power streetlight with generators. “We will collaborate to provide options, which include solar, access through eligible customers, efficient and cheaper energy to power the facilities,” he said.
Japan’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Sadanobu Kusaoke, also disclosed that his country had committed nothing less than US $12.4m as grant to improve the power situation in Nigeria. Kusaoke said the projects would also help to decrease transmission loss and stabilize power supply to approximately 7, 000 households.
Source: Construction Review Online