As the country experiences drop in the power supply, the federal government has given the assurance that it will step up power generation to 7,000 megawatts soon.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Mr Laolu Akande, gave the assurance on Sunday in Abuja.
He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the government was working very hard to step up power generation from 5000mw to 7000mw.
According to him, Nigeria began to experience low power supply due to pipeline vandalism and the bombings in the Niger Delta region.
In his words, “When the administration came in, as a matter of fact, we were doing less than 300mw.
“So we were not doing 5000 mw when we came in; actually, we were the ones that took it to 5000 mw for the first time in the history of this country.
“In February, we took it to 5000 mw but unfortunately it was that same February that the bombing of the oil pipelines started, so it brought down the output,” Akande said.
He explained that government has embarked on incremental power, a system to increase power supply in a different way.
He said, “So a lot of transmission facilities and infrastructure for power are being rejuvenated, trying to tap more from gas.
“So, you are going to be seeing more of gas-to-power, the government is rejuvenating quite a number of them, ‘’ he said.
Akande said that the Government had signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with companies that would supply gas which will ultimately increase the output to 500mw.
Akande said that by rejuvenating some of the transmission facilities and infrastructure government was doing what is called “incremental power ‘’ in order to bring up the megawatt.
He said the government would be carrying these processes in the geo-political zones of the country in order to provide constant and sustainable electricity to the people.
He said, “Government is working, it is one of the areas we are working very diligently on a daily basis to sort out the problems.’’
However, he said that there were plans also by the government to effect public, private partnership to ensure that Mambila project came on stream in power generation.
On the issues of idle power plants, Akande explained that a lot of the plants, facilities were not being utilised.
“The power plants are all disconnected and we are trying to fix them so that the plants will bring significant increment to the output.
“So, the government is trying to see how this problem can be solved and we believed that there would be an improvement in the power sector,’’ he said.