A Lagos-based engineer, Mr Abiodun Awe, has called for robust competition in the nation’s power distribution network to ensure adequate electricity supply in the country. In his lecture at the annual business luncheon of Ikeja Branch of Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) on Thursday in Lagos, Awe called for competitiveness in the grid value chain of electricity generation and distribution. Speaking on the topic, “Dynamism in the Power Sector, Opportunity and Challenges”, Awe said that the revolution that brought about efficiency in service delivery in the telecommunications sector could be replicated in the power sector.
According to him, over 70 per cent of the problems in the nation’s economy would be resolved with adequate power supply. He said that inconsistent government policies had worsened the problems of power supply and urged the Buhari administration to adopt transparency which was ignored by previous administration to achieve success in the power sector. “ The way forward is that we have to go to the drawing board to look at our problems where we are then, where we are now, map out way out,” he said. He also called on government to explore other sources of power generation to match demand with supply.
The Managing Director, Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKDC), Mr Adeoye Fadeyibi, told journalists that there was more demand than supply for electricity which government was trying to fix. He said that the challenges were enormous, including infrastructure, price and energy management. He said efforts were on to increase supply and upgrade infrastructure for effective distribution. Mr Waheed Olagunju, a former acting Managing Director of the Bank of Industry, said that the nation was generating far below capacity to meet with the economic and social needs of Nigerians.
Off-grid’ll Address Nigeria’s Power Crises –Powergas – Sunnews
Off–grid and mini-grid solutions have been recommended as the most efficient way to solve Nigeria’s power crises in the short termDirector of Sales and Strategy, for Powergas Nigeria, a leading Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) company, Mr. Sumeet Singh, gave the recommendation at the just concluded 21st Africa Business Conference with the theme -“Lighting Up Africa – The Broken Energy Chain” held at the Harvard Business School, Boston, USA.
Singh, who was a panellist disclosed that other panel members sought to find answers to critical questions on why Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy, has failed to provide adequate access to basic needs like Electricity, which is very critical for industrialization and economic development. He said the panel also held discussions on related subjects such as ‘‘Africa’s Private Sector’s contribution with innovative solutions to balance the supply-demand gap in electricity sector’’ and “Can cleaner/renewable based mini-grids leapfrog the traditional large-scale power plants in Nigeria?’.
Sumeet stressed the importance of innovative technology in improving the lives of people in Africa and creating safer environment on the continent. ‘‘One of the main challenges in the electricity supply value chain is the infrastructural-gap, be it efficient transmission, last-mile distribution, fair-metering or the Natural Gas Pipeline Network. While all these issues are being addressed at various levels, with different pace of development, the efforts don’t seem to be delivering required results in the short to medium term.