The Federal Government in an attempt to improve on the quality of electricity supply nationwide under the incremental power scheme has made plans on achieving the said goals.
Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, disclosed this in Abuja, when he said that the Federal Government has proposed over 190 new projects to boost transmission, generation and distribution.
He said: “Our population has grown over the last 20 years without commensurate expansion in the services that we have installed. Over the next two weeks, what you will see are TCN rolling out nothing less than 90 projects to support transmission nationwide. There would also be over 100 projects funded by Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited (NDPHC) to support transmission and distribution across the country,”
The minister said investment capital into the power sector has been on the increase since the Muhammadu Buhari administration came on board. He promised that the administration would not relent on its promise of incremental power.
Fashola also stressed the urgent need to upgrade power infrastructure to meet growing population
According to him; “We have not only improved the quantity of power that is available, we have also improved the quality of power that is transported and the quantity that is distributed. But our work is not finished, as it is one thing to have power and another to have quality power.”
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He added that the focus now is to increase voltage, because it is critical for general safety and quality of lives and property. Fashola disclosed that there was no going back on improvement of customer service and care in the power sector.
On the need to power streetlights, he said the ministry would provide alternative and environmental friendly energy sources.
He added: “Abuja does not need to power streetlight with generators. We will collaborate to provide options, which include solar, access through eligible customers, efficient and cheaper energy to power the facilities.