Prof. Bart Nnaji, a former Minister of power, recently attributed the poor power supply across the country to poor enforcement of discipline by regulatory bodies.
Nnaji, who oversaw the deregulation of the nation’s power sector and the unbundling of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), told the Senate ad-hoc Committee on Power when he appeared before it yesterday that about half of the power being generated by the various generating companies does not get to the consumers as a result of poor transmission in the country.
He noted that only 5, 500 out of the 12, 000 megawatts installed capacity was getting to the consumers and that the gas being delivered for power generation was a fraction of the installed capacity which would not affect the quantity meant for export through the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).
Prof. Nnaji explained, “Even when you have installed capacity of 12,000 megawatts, you cannot release the same amount of megawatts to the end users. Nigeria can generate 7,000 megawatts and make it available for consumption should there be no constraint in transmission where we have inefficiency in distribution.
“Out of the amount of power that is distributed to transmission companies, only about 50 per cent gets to the consumers. It is an incredible inefficiency in the power system that must be cured.”
He also expressed optimism that the new minister for Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola ( SAN), who he described as “an excellent administrator and manager”, would effectively reposition the power sector.
He said, “I know that Fashola is an excellent administrator and manager. I can imagine what Lagos State used to be like before he became governor and what it is now. It comes with dedication and that is what we need in this country.”