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Nigeria has expressed commitment to its three-phase roadmap designed to achieve incremental, stable and uninterrupted electricity supply.
The Minister of Power Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has assured Nigerians that the roadmap embarked upon by the federal government was on course.
The federal government has expressed commitment to its three-phase roadmap designed to achieve incremental, stable and uninterrupted electricity supply.
Fashola said that the government was committed to the implementation of timelines and targets set in the document.
The minister stated this when he received the House of Representative Committee on Power led by its Chairman, Hon. Daniel Asuquo, who was on an oversight visit to the ministry in Abuja.
He said the ministry has recognised the need to look into the expansion of transmission lines across Nigeria and to complete some on-going generation projects.
Fashola said the government was equally worried about the lack of maintenance culture, which led to non–optimal performance from these plants.
The position is relevant to the state of affairs in the three key nation’s hydro plants of Jebba, Kainji and Shiroro.
The Government is conscious of the importance of transmission in the power value–chain, unfortunately, it inherited a weak line.
In order to achieve the desired results in the sector, he said, some critical transmission projects were being implemented in Gusau, Kaduna, Enugu, Katsina and Alaoji.
He said, “With the realisation of these critical projects, stability of the network would be guaranteed hence we would be able to sustain un- interrupted power supply.’’
He noted that there had been a number of lingering legal disputes that had been resolved mostly out of court.
One of such, he said, was the disagreement between Enugu Electricity Distribution Company and Geometric Electric Company over Ariaria area of Abia state.
With the resolution of the crisis, it was expected that soon, additional 200MW of power would be made available to the national grid.
He added, “Also, it is to the credit of this administration that all disputes that have stalled the realisation of the Mambilla Hydro project for over three decades have been resolved. Soon work will commence on the 3, 050MW project.’’
He also promised that government will assist Distribution Companies to recover their debts arising from unpaid bills from all customers including government agencies.
He told the House Committee members that his job schedule does not include fixing of tariff and dismissed insinuation that he was in support of the increase.
Earlier, Asuquo stated that the legislative arm of government was desirous of partnering with the ministry to achieve success.