The Nigerian government says it is focused on sustaining the power generation and transmission capacity, for the benefit of its citizens.
Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola disclosed this to State House Correspondents on the sidelines of the 4th Presidential Quarterly Business Forum.
“Well it’s an ongoing undertaking. As I have said our road map is incremental power first and stable power and then uninterrupted power and that’s a journey. But we are focusing on incremental power. Just yesterday as one of our incremental power initiatives, we commissioned the Kukoba power substation to increase light to Abuja by another 120 megawatt carrying capacity. So it involves not only transmission but also involves generation work, distribution work, enabling the distribution companies perform better, enabling. The GENCOs perform better and doing our own responsibility which is transmission,” he said.
He said though there might mechanical challenges, the road map will be achieved.
According to him, “You must measure what we have done from where we started on May 29, 2015, the power on the grid then was 2,690 megawatts and we kept it now at relatively at about 4,000. With that it’s going to be the minimum except for occasions where we have mechanical and electrical outages and we fix them back. Everyone knows that mechanical devices from time to time sometimes they breakdown, sometimes they don’t work, sometimes you need to maintain and fix them.
The minister explained that the current disagreement between him and members of the National Assembly would be resolved soon.
“There is no problem between me as an individual and the National Assembly, let me make that very clear, many of the Senators and honourable members are my personal friends, and so you don’t fight your friends.
But we have a disagreement. Let me explain the context of that disagreement. You will remember when President Muhammadu Buhari launched the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, he had enormous support from the leadership of the National Assembly. So it means that we all agreed there is a problem. There is also disagreement which I don’t think should make us disagreeable about the best way to implement that plan and I think that is all there is to it. It is perhaps possible that in the heat of the moment while trying to canvass different positions we are misconstrued as fighting but I am not fighting anybody. So my responsibility is to continue to engage. Even if I wasn’t a Minister, I am a citizen also so the parliamentarians are also representing me so these are the issues and if I have been misunderstood. My intention was not to quarrel with anybody but to see a better Nigerian which I believe they also want to see. .
The Minister said the situation was a healthy development for Nigeria’s democracy, adding that the issue would be resolved in the ultimate interest of the Nigerian people.