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Nigeria doubles power supplies but woes remain

24 July 2013, 07:52Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Nigeria, which is facing massive power problems, has nonetheless increased capacity generation by more than 75 percent over the past two years.

Professor Chinedu Nebo, the Minister of Power, disclosed the figures in Abuja.

During the period, generation increased from 3 700MW in 2010 to 6 522MW.

The minister said average number of hours of power availability per day had also increased from 8 hours in 2010 to 16 hours in 2012.

Nebo appealed to Nigerians to complement government efforts to address the power challenges by curbing vandalism of infrastructure.

"Vandalism is making a mess of the administration’s good works," he said.

Meanwhile, Nebo reaffirmed the government's commitment to the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), which was reactivated in June 2012 to improve access to electricity among rural communities.

The Ministry has developed a draft REA Strategy while an implementation plan is being finalised.

“REA will focus on increased exploitation of renewables and the facilitating of rural electrification projects,” Nebo said.

- CAJ News


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