The Federal Government, Thursday, lamented that despite achievements recorded in the areas of power generation and transmission capacity increment, the Distribution Companies, DISCOs, were not doing enough to take the product to the consuming public.
The Minister of Power, Egr. Sale Mamman, who stated this at the commissioning of a 47.5 kilowatts Solar system for Doka General Hospital in Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna state, noted that the Distribution Companies, DISCOs, still remained the weak link in the power value chain.
The Solar energy project funded by the European Union, EU, was implemented by the UKaid in partnership with Kaduna State Government. The minister said, “I will not fail to inform this gathering that our grid power generation capacity today is over 7,500 megawatts, the transmission capacity also improved to 8,100 megawatts.
“This development is responsible for the improvement in power supply that is witnessed by customers all over the country. Distribution remains the weak link within our system and is receiving the desired attention at optimising her operations for the good of all.”
Egr. Mamman explained that the success of the solar project was as a result of policies and regulatory instruments put in place by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, which allow for close collaboration with development partners and private sector. According to the Minister, the current efforts have provided a solid foundation for the growth of the electricity industry.
He said the project, tagged Kaduna Solar for Health, is conceived under a technical assistance programme, through the Nigerian Solar Programme, which is a bilateral cooperation programme that is funded by the European Union and implemented by the Department for International Department, DFID.
The Minister also said the project was implemented under a framework, which provides sustainable, reliable and affordable energy supply consistent with Nigeria’s commitment to achieving United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 7.