President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday promised that his administration is committed to improving power supply in Nigeria.
A statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, quoted the President as saying this after the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Ambassador Godknows Igali, briefed him on the ministry’s activities at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Buhari said his administration had already identified the critical problems in Nigeria’s power sector and was taking appropriate actions to address them.
He said, “The problems besetting our power sector are not difficult to identify. Therefore, priorities can be easily set in order to tackle them.
“The problems are more with transmission than generation, and we equally need to secure the power infrastructure round the country. We will address all these issues.”
Igali told the President that power generation in Nigeria, which was 1,750 MW in 1999, had now peaked at 4,600 MW.
He added that gas was available to take generation to 5,500 MW in a short time, but that the country needed to expand its electricity infrastructure to accommodate additional generation.