There might just be improvements in power supply on the horizon if the assertions made by the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, are anything to go by. The Minister on Sunday assured Nigerians that power generation would ramp up to 4,000 megawatts within the next six days.
He made this assertion on the Sunday Morning Show of Arise Television, a sister broadcast arm of THISDAY Newspapers, asserting that: “In six days’ time, we will restore generation to 4,000MW,” promising: “By the time you have the hydro station back during the raining season, you will get more.”
He also went on to explain that the frequent power outages being experienced was as a result of low water levels at the nation’s hydropower stations and as a result power generation had gone down to 3,400MW.
“For the first time in a long time, this is the peak of very hot weather where the waters in the hydro plants are down,” he said.
The problem, he stated, was compounded by the shutting down of two power stations on Saturday, assuring Nigerians, however, that government was determined to average generation at 3,400MW.
“Two of our plants are down; they are trying to evacuate the condensates. We are, however, keeping power generation at about 3,400MW,” he said, expressing hope that with the advent of the rain season and restoration of the hydro stations, generation would be ramped up to 4,000MW.
Fashola charged gas suppliers and generating companies to do more to produce power since the government had firmed its debt payment plan.
Also touching on the subject of the federal government’s proposed commitment to pay debts owed distribution companies by the ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs).
He said: “For debts, one of the earliest statements I made was that we will pay all the debts once they are verified and the process of verification is taking place. Right now, we are looking at over 250,000 invoices comprising of I think 4,000 accounts. I won’t make a recommendation to government to pay any kobo of tax payers’ money for a debt I cannot put my signature to and so I have a team doing that, we are making good progress and raising questions. That is how debts are going to be settled, we will pay every debt that is owed and verified.”