He made this known while on a visit at the Ughelli Power Plant. This revelation, in the light of current generation information, implies that the power plant is responsible for about a quarter of Nigeria’s generated electricity.
He emphasised the key role that power generation and improved access to electricity play across Africa in fast-tracking development and pulling people out of poverty.
I see a future where everyone will have improved access to electricity in Africa because improved access to electricity will help us to develop Africa, help us to transform the continent. It starts from the macro level and gets to the micro level.
“When we took over this plant, the output was 150 megawatts, this was 2013, but today we have capacity to generate about 750 megawatts.
The capacity we have, this plant has about a thousand megawatts. By the end of this year (2016), we should be at full capacity of 1,000. If we do 1,000 for context, Nigeria is currently generating 3,000 or something, less than 4,000. Let’s say 4,000. If it’s 4,000 and we’re doing 1,000, that already is 25 percent.
In spite of this remarkable improvement in generation from the plant, Nigeria remains heavily undersupplied as more than half of the country has access to electricity and the current national generation average of about 4000 megawatts still falls way below half of the country’s electricity needs.
This was according to the Chief Executive Officer, Quintas Renewable Energy Solutions Limited, Omotayo Dairo. He also canvassed strongly for more private sector participation in the industry so as to push generation to the heights that are required.
There is a lot of challenges in the country as regards electricity. The GENCOs are not generating enough to be able to go round the country. Nigerians are feeling the harsh economy today because government is the main financier of our economy, whereas it should be private sector-led. What we should try to do is to concentrate on the 56 percent of Nigerians who are not connected to the national electricity grid