Mr Sunday Makinde, a former Chairman of the Nigerian Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (NIEEE), lauded the efforts of the Federal Government at improving electricity transmission network across the country. Mr Makinde gave the commendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
He said that up until now, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) did not have the capacity to evacuate energy generated by Generation Companies (GENCOs). President Muhammadu Buhari in his New Year address to the nation said generation of electricity had now reached 7,000Megawatts (MW). Buhari said that as at Dec. 8, 2017, the country had achieved 5,155MW of power delivered to its consumers, the highest level ever recorded. According to the President, TCN can now distribute all the 7,000MW that can be generated.
“TCN and the Niger Delta Holding Company have added 1,950MVA of 330 down to 132KV transformer capacity from 10 transmission stations.
“Also, it has added 2,930MVA of 132 down to 33KV transformer capacity from 42 sub-stations that include: Ikot Ekpene, Aba, Alagbon, Ajah, Ejigbo, Funtua and Zaria.
“This administration is working with the Distribution Companies (DISCOs) to overcome the continuing challenges of distribution,” he said.
The former chairman said that the government had succeeded in solving the problem of energy evacuation from GENCOs to DISCOs with the improved transmission network.
“Over time, we have witnessed a situation in which when GENCOs generate above 4,000mw, it will be difficult for TCN to evacuate them.
“But from the President’s speech, I am delighted to hear that our TCN has the capacity to evacuate all the energy generated.
“This is a big plus to the present administration.
“This has shown that the government is aware of the challenges in the power sector,” he said.
He also appealed to the Federal Government to compel DISCO’s to carry out an up to date maintenance of their equipment.
“Consumers are having challenges of getting improved power supply if the DISCOs’ cables and transformers are faulty.
“If all these loopholes can be plugged, consumers will enjoy improved power generation,” he said.
On a final note, Mr Makinde encouraged the Federal Government to go into the use of renewable energy adding that other countries have started generating power through Solar and wind energy.