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Nigeria: 5,000MW of electricity generated to address outages, reliance on generators ─Minister

Photo Collage of Adebayo Adelabu, Minister for Power, NERC Logo and Power Infrastructure Credit: Channels TV

*Adebayo Adelabu, Minister for Power, says the 5,000MW of electricity that Nigeria has attained May 2024 highlights the government’s commitment to enhancing the West African country’s power infrastructure, and aligns with the current administration’s Renewed Hope agenda, aimed at providing reliable and sustainable energy for electricity consumers

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The Federal Government has said the recent 5,000MW (Megawatts) boost in power generation May 2024 is expected to address extant issues, such as frequent outages and insufficient capacity, while stabilising the grid and reducing reliance on generators in the economy.

ConsumerConnect reports the West African country’s electricity generation reached 5,000 Megawatts this month, marking a significant improvement over previous levels.

Mr. Adebayo Adelabu, Honourable Minister for Power, disclosed this development during the second day of the ministerial sectoral update for the present administration holding, in Abuja, FCT.

Adelabu noted the achievement in the important sector highlights the government’s commitment to enhancing the country’s power infrastructure, and it aligns with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s renewed hope agenda, aimed at providing reliable and sustainable energy.

The Minister assured that the reported boost in power generation is expected to address related energy issues, such as frequent outages and insufficient capacity, stabilising the grid and reducing reliance on generators.

Hitherto, Nigerian electricity consumers had experienced several national grid collapses in recent years.

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) once disclosed that the country had suffered six power grid collapse incidents this year alone.

The company, nevertheless, noted that gas shortage for power generation and the vandalism of power infrastructure could be responsible for the recurrent incidence of grid collapse in the country.

Adelabu, in April 2024, also said that the Federal Government had concluded plans to increase power generation capacity to 6,000 Megawatts from previous 4,000 MW by the end of 2024.

He, however, stated that a different target of 10,000 to 12,000MW transmission capacity has been set for the next three years.

The Tinubu-led administration, the Minister noted, is determined to break the 4,000 MW jinx that has spanned decades prior to his appointment as the Minister for Power.

 

 

 

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