The federal government of Nigeria has issued an explicit ultimatum to managers of Nigeria’s electricity sector, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), to as a matter of urgency ensure that the electricity generated is effectively transmitted and distributed across Nigeria within the next six months. The president had asked that results of government’s reforms in the power sector must become palpable to Nigerians across the country by June this year.
Presently, Nigeria has a total installed generation capacity of 6,976.40 megawatts (MW) yet, the country often transmits less than 4,000MW, leaving most part of the country in darkness for long hours.
While speaking on the six months target given by the president, The Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo reiterated that the nexus between availability of power and the socio-economic development of our great nation cannot be over-emphasised. The resolution of the problem of inadequate power supply to our people has continued to receive the full attention and support of President Goodluck Jonathan.
Nigerians must, I repeat, must enjoy the dividends of the reform programme and no one will be allowed to frustrate this vision of Mr. President. We are not going to accept projects to ‘chop money’ or ‘share money’. We are in a paradigm shift now and it is no longer going to be business as usual, but business unusual, the minister concluded.