The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has said that Nigeria’s power sector will receive a boost at the completion of the Gurara Hydropower Plant in Kaduna early next year
Fashola made the disclosure while inspecting the plant that will add 30 megawatts of electricity to 5,000 megawatts that over 160 million people ration.
He said that the addition was in continuation of the drive by the federal government to boost power supply.
The Minister, speaking to reporters at the plant he explained that the additional power from the Gurara Hydropower Plant would boost efforts to stabilise power supply.
He pointed out that the plant would also serve as a source of transporting energy to Kaduna and Mando substations to connect the Kaduna Power Plant.
He also hailed the Federal Government efforts to increase power generation, saying with wind power being developed in Katsina and the Gurara, Shiroro and Kashimbila hydropower projects, the nation’s energy mix was slowly coming together.
The Minister was at the plant with his team of experts to inspect the level of work done.
They also inspected the Kashimbila Multipurpose Dam project in Taraba State.
Fashola appealed for peace and cooperation from the host community to ensure that the project, which he pointed out would first serve the community, was completed in record time.
Recently, electricity experts advised the federal government to shift focus away from generating power with gas which has seen a setback amidst increasing attacks on oil installations in the Niger Delta region by militants.