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Power supply reaches 4 600mw

13 August 2015, 16:14

Abuja - Godknows Igali, the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Power, said on Wednesday that electicity supply nationwide had reached 4,600 megawatts.

Igali told State House correspondents after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari on the current state of power situation in the country.

He said that the volume was a great improvement in the sector.

According to him, electricity supply is one of the most discussed topics in Nigeria and naturally so because it is fundamental to the country’s social and economic development.

"Where we stand is that we are doing over 4 600mw of power on the grid and we can do better but then this is a big improvement from about 3 000mw.

"The other time we attained 4 000mw but because of pipeline disruptions we go down to 2 000mw, we go down to 3 000.

"But consistently in the past two months also we have been over 4 500mw, now we are reaching close to 4,700mw.

"We briefed him on that and what effort we are doing is to improve on that figure."

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Igali said that distribution remained a challenge because it was where the consumers felt the impact of power supply most.

He, however, said the ministry was tracking a lot of distribution companies (DISCOs) very well to make sure that what was needed at the distribution level was achieved.

The permanent secretary said that the National Electricity Regulation Commission (NERC) had sometimes fined the DISCOs to enable them to carry out their responsibilities to the customers as required.

He said the ministry was looking into the issue of estimated billing because of the concerns of consumers, adding that very soon NERC would come out with a position.

Igali said the ministry would also brief the Senate on how the process or the value chain of the power supply operate.



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