“Nigeria’s Electricity Problems Cannot Be Solved By Magic” – Fashola
Mr. Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, has said Nigeria’s electricity problems cannot be solved by magic.
The Minister made this known yesterday while noting that electricity supply in the country is improving slowly.
Total power generation stood at 3,729 megawatts as of 6am on Wednesday, according to latest data obtained by Punch Nigeria from the ministry.
Fashola, while speaking at the inauguration of the 2x100MVA, 132/33kV power transformers at the Ejigbo Transmission Substation, Lagos said;
“Between that time and when President Buhari came three years ago, some people were there. But they will come back to you; so, when they come back, ask them if they didn’t know where to buy transformers.
“The problem of electricity is slowly being solved, one by one. Anybody will tell you he will do magic; tell him, ‘How?’ He should explain to you. We inherited 800 containers for power equipment left in the port for 10 years. President Buhari gave us approval, and we have recovered 690.”
According to Fashola, there are 90 transmission projects ongoing across the country, and some of the recovered of pieces equipment are being used for them.
“If you look at it, between 2015 and now, you ask yourself honestly: Are you spending more on diesel now or before? Are you running your generators for longer today or yesterday? So, are you seeing the power slowly staying longer? If you are truthful to yourself, you will know that it is better than yesterday. And we haven’t finished,” he said.
The Managing Director, TCN, Usman Mohammed, said the installation of the two units of 100MVA transformers at the Ejigbo Transmission Substation was funded by the World Bank through the firm’s project management unit.