By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fasholaon yesterday said that the federal government survey and feedback mechanism confirm that many Nigerians now have electricity for longer hours and spend less money on diesel to power your generators compared to 2015.
Fashola, who stated this during press briefing in Abuja, to mark his 3rd year anniversary in office noted, that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has delivered on its power supply mandate having increased generation from 4000 MW to 7000 MW.
“The report of our survey and feedback mechanism confirm that many of you now have public power for longer hours
compared to 2015, and you now run generators for shorter periods compared to 2015 and you now spend less money on diesel to power your generators.
“As some Citizens recently reported, they no longer have to iron all their clothes one week in advance as they previously used to do, because the supply is proving reliable and predictable even if not yet fully Stable and uninterrupted” he said.
The minister also said transmission increased from 5000 MW to 7000 MW and distribution from 2690 MW to 5,222 MW.
He recalled that in a public statement titled “Setting the Agenda for Delivering Change” shortly after inauguration in December 2015, he assured Nigerians of improved power supply, expressing delighted that his administration has delivered on incremental power’.
“We have delivered on incremental power. The evidence of our progress is not only captured in the last quarter of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) Report for Q2 of 2018 which shows a growth of 7.5% in the electricity sector, previous quarterly reports from 2017, have consistently recorded growth, a clear departure from 2014 2015 and proof of change” he added.
The minister said government is in the process of delivering additional generation from Kaduna 215MW, Afam IV 240MW., Kashimbilla 40MW, Gurara 30MW, Dadinkowa, 29MW, power for 9 universities, 15 markets and two big Hydro power plants of 700MW in Zungeru and 3,050MW in Mambilla.
He further assured that “as our policies on Mini Grids, Meter Asset Provider, Eligible, Customer and liquidity sustenance and improved, governance deepens, your experience with power supply, can only get better”.