The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, on Sunday raised hope for improved electricity supply in the country, assuring Nigerians that power generation would ramp up to 4,000 megawatts within the next six days.
The minister spoke on the Sunday Morning Show of Arise Television, asserting that: “In six days’ time, we will restore generation to 4,000MW,” promising: “By the time you have the hydro station back during the raining season, you will get more.”
Nigerians had been experiencing frequent power outages, which worsened in the last few weeks even as the weather became hotter, provoking bitter complaints from citizens.
But the minister, who also clarified that the N701 billion power intervention fund recently announced by the federal government would be spread over the next three years to give comfort to the operators, explained that the outages were due to low water levels at the nation’s hydro power stations.
As a result, he said, power generation had gone down to 3,400MW.
“For the first time in a long time, this is the peak of very hot weather where the waters in the hydro plants are down,” he said. The problem, he stated, was compounded by the shutting down of two power stations on Saturday, assuring Nigerians, however, that government was determined to average generation at 3,400MW.
“Two of our plants are down; they are trying to evacuate the condensates. We are, however, keeping power generation at about 3,400MW,” he said, expressing hope that with the advent of the rain season and restoration of the hydro stations, generation would be ramped up to 4,000MW.
Fashola charged gas suppliers and generating companies to do more to produce power since the government had firmed its debt payment plan.