As part of the All Progressives Congress led government plans to reduce the challenges of generation and distribution of power supply in Nigeria, the minister of power , works and housing , Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola has commissioned two power transformers in Kaduna and Katsina state.
Speaking while commissioning a 40MVA Mobile Transformer in Zaria, Kaduna State and the 60MVA Power Transformers in Funtua, Katsina state, Fashola said it was part of how the ministry empowered Transmission Company of Nigeria “to procure for urgent deployment to overloaded Transmission substation nationwide.”
Represented by the Minister of State Power Works and Housing , Mustapha Baba Shehuri at the occasion, he said the 40MVA mobile substation was brought to Zaria for immediate installation and commissioning to ameliorate the “precarious suppressed load challenge in the substation.”
In Funtua, Katsina State, the Minister said his ministry had empowered TCN to procure and install 60MVA power transformers in order to replace faulty ones in the system, adding that the on groining upgrade and reenforcement of the generating stations would increase the capacity of substations to distribute energy throughout the country.
Also speaking during the official commissioning of a mobile 40MVA power transformer, the Chairman of Kaduna Electricity Distribution PLC, Alhaji Yusuf Abubakar has called for greater collaboration between the TCN and the distribution companies for effective delivery of qualitative power supply to the Nigerian public.
He stressed the need for a balance between grid stabilization, the major concern of the TCN and business viability.
“The two actors in the value chain must work together to ensure that the National Grid is stabilized, just as concerted efforts must be made to ensure that the power sector is viable and attractive to both local and foreign investors. This is the only way to ensure to ensure the development of the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry,” he said
He therefore congratulated both the Minister of Power and the Interim Managing Director of TCN, Alhaji Usman Gur Mohammed for the incremental progress being recorded in the nation’s power sector, describing the Nigerian Electricity supply Industry as “the most difficult sector to work.”