The Honourable Minister of Power Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola said that the Federal Government is making effort at ensuring power supply becomes stable nationwide. He also presented a copy of the Meter Asset Providers (MAP) regulations draft to the Governor of Akwa Ibom state.
These were done at the 25th monthly power sector meeting on Monday in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital.
Mr. Fashola said that the power sector recovery programme of the ministry of Power, Works and Housing and other stakeholders was beginning to yield fruitful results, noting emphatically that power generation has increased and presently stands at 7,000MW. The Minister also mentioned that the Federal Government has secured World Bank funding for its transmission expansion programs.
“Progress is being made with the World Bank for the Rural Electrification and Distribution Expansion Funding. Clearly, our implemental power initiative is well underway, some jobs are manifesting and the promise of steady power is real. If we persevere, I am certain that we will witness uninterrupted power, which is the final destination of our journey.’’
Speaking on the impact of the power sector recovery program, Fashola noted that;
“We have reached a 7,000 Megawatts (MW) Generation Capacity and have a 5,000 MW Distribution Capacity, what is newsworthy is that in the last month, we have met with Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), DisCos, and GenCos on how to implement the Eligible Customer Policy and increase connectivity to the 2,000 MW that is available.
“In many parts of the country connected to the grid, citizens’ feedback is positive, even though all the problems are not solved. Citizens acknowledge more power in dry weather, reduced hours of running their generators and reduction in fuel (diesel and petrol) purchase to power generators,” Fashola said.
The Minister also presented copies of the Meter Asset Provider (MAP) regulations 2018 to Governor Udom Emmanuel.
In his remarks, Governor Emmanuel said his administration was working toward the provision of digitalised meters in the state, adding that by 2019, every household in the state would be using a digitalised meter.
“The major cardinal point when we did our five-point agenda that anchored on industrialisation is also the drive that we are doing on electricity generation and distribution.’’
He also commended the efforts of Fashola;
“If the effort is sustained, the country is close to solving its power problems,’’ he said.
He warned against vandalism of power installations, adding that the state government would wage a war on vandals to protect the infrastructure in the sector.