How Nigeria Achieved More Electricity for National Grid Despite Vandalism

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The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola said maintenance of broken down turbines of Nigeria’s t hydro-electric plants, improved their generating capacity during the increased circle of rainfall and water levels, contributed significantly to the current addition of more electricity to the National Grid despite the vandalism of electricity assets.
The Minister, who disclosed this when he made a presentation at the Wilson Centre, Washington DC, USA.
Fashola said the repair works and maintenance were carried out on the hitherto abandoned turbines, as part of steps taken to achieve improved power.
He made his presentation on the theme, “Leadership and the Politics of Reforms in Africa: Lessons from Nigeria”, the Minister said electricity supply increased by 400 Megawatts in the last two weeks.
Fashola recalled that over 3000MW of electricity had been lost over the last six months due to incessant vandalism and sabotage of oil and gas pipelines and assets.
According to him, “The hydros are giving us almost 400MW of power and that is a lot of power given our situation. And we have added about 1MW of Solar and there is more coming; so I think we are on our way.”
The minister had earlier promised that current boost in electricity would be further strengthened by various transmission projects currently being carried out in several axis of the nation’s six geo-political zones.
Fashola, said progress was being made in the expansion of transmission adding, however, that it would be consistent with achieving incremental power within the value chain.
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