- Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has revealed why Nigerians are not enjoying regular power supply
- Osinbajo attributed the problem to inability of Discos to distribute the quantum of energy generated
- The vice president said there was the need to open the space in the power distribution sub-sector to attract more investors for adequate and quality power supply to Nigerians
Yemi Osinbajo, the Nigeria's vice president, said homes and business premises across the country have not been able to enjoy regular and quality power supply because the power Distribution Companies (Discos) on ground lacked the capacity to distribute the quantum of energy generated.
The Nation reports that Osinbajo on Thursday, August 15, said that despite the availability of about 8,000mw generation and 7,000mw transmission capacity, the lack of Discos infrastructure to absorb and deliver power to end users has largely restricted power supply to an average of about 4,000mw and even sometimes falling below 4,000mw.
Legit.ng gathered that the vice president who disclosed this in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, while inaugurating 2x60MVA, 132/33KV sub-station and associated transmission lines, added that the Discos needed to be recapitalised to enable them meet the infrastructural requirements for adequate distribution of energy to consumers.
It was gathered that the facility was rehabilitated by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) to enable distribution company effectively distribute power from the 70megawatts to 250megawatts to Abeokuta consumers and other parts of the state.
Osinbajo also disclosed that there was the need to “open the space” in the power distribution sub-sector to attract more investors for adequate and quality power supply to Nigerians, saying the federal government is committed to making electricity available for domestic and industrial use.
He said: “Power supply is the lifeblood of any economy and we are committed to ensuring that power supply is adequate at everywhere. In the past few years, resolving the power supply problem has been the top priority of the federal government of Nigeria. But there is so much that still needs be done for us to get there.
“Today, we have about 13,427mw of installed capacity and an available capacity of about 8,332mw. The distribution capacity, in the 11 Discos are significantly low, covering around 4,000mw on the average with the peak of about 4,500mw."
In his remarks, the governor of the state, Dapo Abiodun, lauded the initiative, saying it is a leap of next level agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Abiodun said the project would boost his resolve to run a focused government and create an enabling environment for individual and business prosperity.
According to him, electricity is critical to jobs creation, productivity, food security and economic prosperity.
The managing director and chief executive officer of NDPHC, Chiedu Ugbo, said the 2x60MVA, 132/33KV sub-station and associated transmission lines would quadruple the supply capacity out of Otta from 70mw to 250mw, and thus, eliminate supply constraints and attendant load shedding that before now, was the norm at Otta and Abeokuta.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that community leaders in the five local government areas under Daura emirate on Tuesday, August 13, told President Muhammadu Buhari that they enjoy 24 hours power supply only when he is in town.
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