Nigeria’s minister of power, works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, has pledged that within a period of six days, the federal government will ramp up power generation to 4,000MW.
During a televised interview on Sunday, Fashola said: “In six days’ time, we will restore generation to 4,000MW.”
“By the time you have the hydro station back during the raining season, you will get more,” he assured the nation.
Local media highlighted that Nigerians have been experiencing frequent power outages, which worsened in the last few weeks due to extreme hot weather conditions.
According to media, recent outages were due to low water levels at the nation’s hydro power stations, which resulted in power generation declining to 3,400MW.
“For the first time in a long time, this is the peak of very hot weather where the waters in the hydro plants are down,” the minister said.
Fashola continued: “Two of our plants are down; they are trying to evacuate the condensates. We are, however, keeping power generation at about 3,400MW.”
Fashola also urged gas suppliers and generating companies to do more to produce power since the government had firmed its debt payment plan.
On the same note, the minister also spoke about President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s economic blueprint.
He said when properly implemented, it would protect Nigeria from future fall in prices of crude oil.
Fashola noted that five out of the 60 interventions plans under the Economic Recovery and Growth Programme launched last week by President Buhari were related to power supply.
He went to highlight that with the private sector controlling the power sector, the role of the government lies on policy and coordination, and creating enabling business environment for the investors to deliver.
Source: ESI Africa