​Nigeria’s power generation ​will​ increase by 2,000​MW in 2016 – Fashola

MINISTER OF POWER, WORKS AND HOUSING, MR BABATUNDE FASHOLA, INSPECTING THE KUKWABA POWER PROJECT NEAR THE GAMES VILLAGE, IN ABUJA ON FRIDAY (29/1/16). 29/1/2016/HF/BJO/NAN

The minister of ​p​ower, ​w​orks and ​h​ousing, Babatunde Fashola, says the power generation will increase this year by 2,000 megawatts.

This is contained in a statement sent to ​the ​News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja by Etore Thomas, an assistant director in the ministry.

According to the statement, Mr. Fashola made the statement while defending the ministry’s budget before the Senate Committee on Power and Mines.

It added that a lot had changed in the management of power in the country in recent times.

The statement said ​the ​distribution of power was no longer ​the ​government​’s​ business, but had been taken over by private companies.

It stated that government privatised power generation with transmission aspect being managed by Manitoba International of Canada at present.

According to the statement, the 2016 budget focuses more on the transmission, completion of on-going projects, refurbishing power plants and tackling gas supply issues.

The statement said if all these were addressed, the expected projection would boost electricity generation in the country.

It said the ministry planned to take its role as a policy maker seriously while agencies would be tasked more on implementation and execution of government’s agenda for the industry.

The statement quoted the chairman of the committee, James Manager, as saying “the ministry should think out of the box if it wanted to achieve its goals in the sector”.

The statement added that Nigerians would reap from the sacrifices they incurred in increase in tariff by enjoying uninterrupted power supply.

(NAN)


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  • Factsay

    Mr Borrower, how much will you spend?

    • MilitaryPolice01

      lool

  • xcxc333

    @Factsay:disqus

    Raji Fashola is a dunce who does not know how to think. This is how he plundered and ruined Lagos.
    Under him, and till he left, Lagos was classified by Global Economists as the third worst city in the world.
    Before he was inflicted on the unthinking Lagosians by Bola Tinubu, Lagos was rated 5th worst globally.
    Raji Fashola thus spent eight years in ignorance, worsening Lagos; and plundering the lands and cash.

    If Fashola had functional education he’d know that higher tariffs have no correlation to electricity supply.
    Nigeria’s transmission plants and lines are so outdated they can’t carry 5,000 megawatts, if ever generated.
    Raji Fashola is like the proverbial monkey which looks acrobatic because trees are lined close to one other.
    Were a thoroughly honest person the president of Nigeria, Raji Fashola will be in EFCC jail – not in cabinet.

    • Ade

      Only brain dead Nigerians see Fashola as performer

  • Omotolaaraujo

    No meters, no payment!

  • honesty NO1

    FASHOLA! ! ! We are already getting disillusioned in your ministry It is only talks No ACTION ! ! !

  • favourtalk

    We are really happy that Nigeria is really moving forward and what the past government couldn’t do, they have started doing that in this administration and in all, people knows quite well that change has come

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      Electricity supply has been more erratic and unavailable since the new government came to office,the price has doubled as well……….where do you live ?

  • Rommel

    Could a minister with such powerful portfolio move around without an army of sycophants and fake contractors when Jonathan was president?

    • Sparzo

      You mean more powerful than them power belt?

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      How much improvement has he brought to the power sector………..the answer is 0, just propaganda !!

  • Akatikpo

    The dividends of GEJs investment in power. Buhari has not bought a single transformer since he took over. Kudos to the gentle giant and his intelligent economic management team.

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  • dule

    Fashola, please, celebrate the investments of GEJ and his team. Your govt never invest #1 in the power sector.
    We still wait for Buhari to congratulate Wike and govnors of Abia and Akwa Ibom. Govt of hate.