- Babatunde Fashola, has stated that some states in the country now enjoy “almost 24 hours” of electricity supply
- The minister said the increase in transmission capacity was responsible for the increase in electricity supply
- Fashola added that the federal government is ready to invest N72 billion to install transformers and expand electricity distribution
The minister of power, works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, has stated that “almost 24 hours” of electricity supply is now being enjoyed by some states in the country.
Fashola made the claim on a Channels TV programme on Wednesday, March 27, The Cable reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the minister said the increase in transmission capacity was responsible for the increase in electricity supply.
He, however, pointed out that the major challenge in making power available all the time has been the distribution networks; even as he said transmission grew with about 8,100 watts as of December 2018.
He said: “Sitting down here, I can tell you some states that have almost 24 hours – Kebbi, Yobe. Some have five, some have 10 and there are still outages.
“The generation capacity is also increasing. It is a value chain where the distribution is not matching up the available power and from time to time, there are slacks.
“The short term goals are incremental power and stable supply in some places.”
Fashola further disclosed that the federal government is ready to invest N72 billion to install transformers and expand electricity distribution.
He said: “The government has decided that as 40 percent holder of everything in the distribution of power, we have our programme to invest N72 billion which will involve installing transformers and all of that.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Babatunde Fashola said that N10 trillion infrastructural bond was needed to meet up with infrastructural deficit and advance the course of Nigeria’s development.
Fashola made this known on Monday, March 25, in Abuja at a meeting with members of the House of Representatives Committee on Works to defend his ministry’s 2018 budget performance and 2019 budget.
The minister received legislative commendations from the committee for his achievements so far in the road sector.
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