The Federal Government on Tuesday unveiled its blueprint on infrastructural development for the country. The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, outlined the government’s extensive plan for the country in the three sectors and noted that a large percentage of the difference in the proposed 2016 budget would go to capital projects, NAN and The Guardian reports.
Specifically on the electricity sector, Fashola called for patience from Nigerians and confirmed that there would be an increase in electricity tariffs, Fashola however noted that it would result in significant improvement in the lives and activities of citizens.
The former governor of Lagos State, however, also insisted that the Discos must commit to certain conditions in the area of providing meters, transformers, expansion of network, among others, in line with the proposed new tariff order. He was also emphatic that priority would henceforth be given to local meter and transformer manufacturers in procuring the items for the sector.
He also reiterated that government must play its role of providing gas and expanding the transmission network. He said the ministry of petroleum had indicated interest to build pipelines to transport gas to power plants that would add another 2,000 mw to power stock within 12-15 months.
On transmission, he said government has identified 142 projects of which 45 are at 50 per cent completion and about 22 can be completed within a year. He explained that government would expand the carrying capacity of TCN, Gencos and the Discos, so that in future there would be capacity to carry whatever power was generated.
He also stated that the government would prioritize the completion of ongoing power projects – such as the 10mw wind energy project in Katsina, the 215mw plant in Kaduna and the 3,050mw plant in Mambilla, Taraba State – as well as encourage embedded power generation for use by industrial clusters in the commercial centres of the various states.