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75% Nigerians to have access to electricity by 2020

18 February 2014, 11:10

Abuja - The Federal Government plans to install structures that will ensure that 75 percent of Nigerians will have access to power by 2020.

These claims were made byMinister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo.

"By the year 2020, 75 percent of Nigerians would be connected to the national grid," Nebo says.

“President Goodluck Jonathan had already put in place a dynamic infrastructure that has not only been conceived, but also been implemented.

“With the extensive transmission expansion and the soon coming national grid will make that possible. We will also ensure that those who are not connected to the national grid have access.

“We are making every effort to ensure that they have power off grid that will be sufficient and adequate enough that will make them first class Nigerians,” he said.

He said that President Jonathan was addressing the neglect of the sector by successive administrations for about 17 years.

"The sector was so bad that in 17 years NEPA and PHCN did not hire an engineer, it took the President a greater effort to reverse the trend.

Nebo said government was injecting a huge amount of resources to ensure that numerous communities would get connected to the national grid.

According to him, part of the efforts includes the flagging off of the Zungeru Power Station with 700 megawatts capacity by President Jonathan.

Others, he said, included the Mambila Power Project with 3 050 megawatts capacity that would further enhance access to energy and economic development.

-    NAN

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