Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Honourable Minister for Information and Culture

Nigerian consumers to expect 11,000 MW of electricity by 2023 —Minister

* Power generation capacity is above 13,000 MW, consumers get average of 3,400 MW ─Alhaji Lai Mohammed

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The Federal Government of Nigeria has said that the persistent erratic electricity supply in the country is expected to rise to 11,000 Megawatts (MW) by 2023 under an agreement with the German firm Siemens.

ConsumerConnect reports that Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Honourable Minister for Information and Culture, Minister Lai Mohammed stated this at a press conference in Abuja, FCT, Friday, May 29 as part of activities marking the first anniversary of the second term of President Muhammadu Buhari Administration.

Alhaji Mohammed said the nation’s power sector would first grow to 7,000MW by the end of next year from the present 3,400 Megawatts.

The Minister disclosed that “following an agreement with German company Siemens in July 2019 to boost power supply in Nigeria, the stage is set for the perennial power problem to become a thing of the past.

“Under the three-phase agreement, Nigerians will enjoy 7,000 megawatts of reliable power supply by the end of 2021 (phase 1), 11,000 megawatts by the end of 2023 (phase 2) and 25,000 megawatts in the third phase.

According to Mohammed, “to put things in perspective, Nigeria’s current power generation capacity is more than 13,000 megawatts, but only an average of 3,400 megawatts reliably reach consumers.

He stated that the current amount of power that reaches consumers would more than double by the end of 2021.

“In addition, this will create thousands of jobs and will leapfrog the country into the next level of industrial and social development.”

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