FG to increase power generation to 25,000MW — Minister

The Minister of Power, Engr. Abubakar Aliyu, has said that the Buhari-led administration was worried about power generation hovering around 5,000MW.

Speaking during an inspection tour of the facility in the company of Kaduna State governor, Nasir el-Rufa’i, on Tuesday, the Minister said the “present administration is worried about the power generation hovering around 5,000MW, and efforts are in top gear to quickly increase it to 7,000MW, then 11,000 MW, before finally reaching 25,000MW in a few years time”.

According to him, the 215MW Kudenda Power Station, in Chikun local government area of Kaduna State, which has reached 80% completion, will be completed soon.

He noted that the turbine power station, which was designed to use both gas and diesel, was initiated by late President Umaru Yar’ Adua, but started by former President Goodluck Jonathan, only to be abandoned by that government in the twilight of its administration despite nearing completion.

The Minister said the major challenge faced by electricity in Nigeria is the poor transmission of power generated, adding that the government is doing everything possible to harvest the generated power, transmit them and generally improve electricity supply across the country.

He observed that many of the power facilities were allowed to become moribund, and assured that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration will do everything possible to bring them back to life and ensure that stable electricity without power outages reaches every household.

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