Minister of State, Power, Mohammed Wakil, has called for collaborations among power stakeholders to ensure that the federal government action plan on power is delivered.
The Minister said this during his opening remarks at the inaugural National Council on Power, NACOP in Abuja yesterday.
He said that the ministry under the guidance of the presidency through the presidential action committee on power, PACP has been meticulously carrying out various reforms in the sector in line with the power sector roadmap.
According to him, “this forum will, therefore, serve as one of the appropriate platforms to harness the views of the stakeholders in assisting the Ministry to formulate the right policies to move the Sector forward”.
While speaking on the Programme of action for actualizing power sector reform, the Minister said that the overall objective was to bring about electricity market stabilization, reducing production cost and making manufacturing sector more competitive. He also said that it seeks the diversification of energy mix, large, hydro renewable and coal thereby improving rural access to electricity.
Wakil said that Government also is improving policy and regulatory environment for rapid growth through private investment and empowering SMEs with more power supply and creating employment.
He said that in order to enhance the security of power supply, government is assiduously working towards the diversification of the fuel mix. In this regard, the nation’s vast resources of coal, wind, solar, biomass and hydro power potentials are being fully explore.
Speaking on some of the strategies of government to make the power delivery sustainable, the Minister said that it has introduced graduate trainee programme aimed at producing personnel equipped with the basic skills required in the power sector. “The Ministry hopes to consolidate the gains in the previous year’s performance and improve availability of power supply between 16-24 hours per day for Nigerians” he said.
He said that the power sector has recorded appreciable improvement in power delivery under the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan despite daunting challenges. And that the federal government has intensifies efforts in the implementation of the Roadmap and will ensure completion of key project/programmes with renewed vigour in 2014 and beyond. According to him, “it is expected that with the active support and understanding of Nigerians and stakeholders, the federal government is committed to ensuring the improved service delivery level is maintained during and after the transition to private ownership of the GenCos and DisCos”.