The ministry of power is planning a restructuring that will see the creation of new departments in an effort to improve efficiency and deliver stable electricity to Nigerians.
This was disclosed by the permanent secretary of the ministry, Mr Godknows Igali, during a presentation to the peer review team of the body of permanent secretaries in the civil service when the group, led by the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Bukar Goni, visited the ministry recently.
According to Igali the new departments will include the Energy Resources Department (ERD) which will be charged with dealing with power generation from both public and private plants, with the transmission and distribution department handling the related issues alone.
Also to be created is the Renewable Energy Department which will handle issues of rural electrification and will be especially charged with fast tracking government’s effort to light up rural areas through the operation ‘Light Up Rural Nigeria’ programme.
The permanent secretary further revealed that an Investment, Reforms and Development Department is another being proposed, while adding that the ministry is working on developing a super grid transmission which will advance evacuation capacity and support the available transmission network that is being expanded by the federal government.
Igali further told the team that power generation is expected to peak at 9,000mw by December 2014 as more capacities is expected from the 10 power stations under the National Integrated Power Projects (NIPPs) and admitted that “without electricity, our national thrust of being one of the largest economies in 2020 will not be possible.”
The Peer Review Mechanism (PRM) is an initiative of the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF) to enhance the performance of permanent secretaries in the service.