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Nigerian electricity consumers will experience improved power supply by June 2024 ─Minister

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*Amb. Maitama Tuggar, Minister for Foreign Affairs discloses the Siemens deal is ‘fully back’, stating the new gas agreement between Nigeria and Germany will enable the former to invest further in taking electricity and gas to other parts of the West African country

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Against the backdrop of the relatively inefficient electricity generation, transmission, distribution, and epileptic power supply to most Nigerians’ homes, businesses and organisations, Amb. Maitama Tuggar, Honourable Minister for Foreign Affairs, says with the Siemens gas deal between Nigeria and Germany, consumers will experience improved electricity supply by the first half of 2024.

Tuggar, who spoke virtually from Berlin, Germany, on a Channels TV programme Tuesday, November 21, 2023, said: “In the coming year by the first half of next year (2024), there will be a remarkable improvement in the electricity supply in Nigeria.” The Minister was quoted to have stated that the setbacks experienced in the past would be managed by the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu administration.

Amb. Maitama Tuggar, Honourable Minister for Foreign Affairs

ConsumerConnect report Amb. Tuggar, who is part of the President Tinubu’s team at the G20 Compact with Africa Economic Conference in Germany, also disclosed that  the Siemens deal is “fully back”.

It is recalled that ex-President Muhammadu Buhari, in 2018, had promised to expand Nigeria’s electricity capacity, currently at negligible 4,000 Megawatts (MW) to 25,000 MW by 2025, when he inked a deal with Siemens Energy in Germany under the Presidential Power Initiative.

However, the promising power project has not been actualised till this day, according to report.

Tuggar also noted that the fresh gas deal between Nigeria and Germany is a win-win. “The fact that we are exporting gas to Germany or we intend to do that does not mean that we are depriving Nigeria’s domestic gas needs; that will be fulfilled as well but you also need the revenue that would accrue from such exports to invest further in taking electricity and gas to other parts of Nigeria.

“So, it’s all interconnected and one does not stop the other from happening,” said he.

The Minister further said electricity supply would improve with the completion of the ongoing AKK Project – the Ajaokuta-Abuja-Kaduna-Kano project – in Nigeria.

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