Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola made it known that there have been remarkable improvements in the power sector since the current All Progressive Congress (APC) led administration came on board. Fashola itemized significant improvements in power generation and transmission, noting that the current All Progressives Congress (APC) led government had generated 4,000 megawatts of electricity in the last two and half years.
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The minister, who spoke at the 23rd monthly power sector operators’ meeting held in Nasarawa State, also said that the transmission capacity grew from 5,000mw to 6,900mw. According to Fashola, power generation grew from 3000mw in 2015 to 7000mw in 2017. Addressing power sector stakeholders, the minister said:
“l will like to start this my remarks by highlighting the progress and milestones on our journey for incremental power, which reassure us that we are on the right path and inspire us to continue with more belief.”
Similarly, the peak distribution which was around 2,690MW in 2015 is now averaging 5,000MW in 2017. These achievements to a large extent be can be attributed to the Power Sector Reform Program (PSRP). The PSRP has yielded many tangible rewards in the up-stream (power generation) of the power sector.
Speaking on the achieved milestones, the minister mentioned the improvements in generation, transmission and distribution and also acknowledged the role of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and the Nigeria National Petroleum Cooperation in achieving this feet.
“Generated power has gone up to 7000mw in 2017 from 3,000mw in May 2015; transmission capacity at 6,900mw in 2017 from about 5,000mw in May 2015; and peak distribution now averaging 5,000mw in 2017 from 2,690mw in 2015. In the last three months, we have increased the supply of power in the dry weather and people’s experience with power was better. We must thank the Ministry of Petroleum Resources for the increase in gas supply.”