When completed, the new feeder lines would relieve the existing Akure 132kv lines and also increase the capacity and availability of electricity spply to Ondo, Ekitipupa, Igbokoda, Akure among other communities in Ondo state.
The Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, said the project will come on stream and be fully realised within the next 24 months.
Nebo, who disclosed this in Ondo State recently during the commissioning of Omotosho Phase 2 power plant, said the construction of the 132KV feeder lines is part of government’s plans to develop the rural economy across the country.
He explained that a number of measures will immediately be taken to ensure that the host community and the entire Ondo State benefit optimally from the power that will be generated from the Omotosho plants.
Commenting on the impact of National Independent Power Projects NIPPs, Nebo said power generation in the country has improved tremendously with NIPP power stations playing a significant role in meeting the generation demand by Nigerians.
He stated that the actual current generating capacity hovers around 4500 megawatt, with the NIPPs contribution rising daily as more units are synchronised into the national grid.
“Today, NIPP contribution to the national grid stands at 1600MW and it is rising regularly. As efforts are been made on the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, now default, to carry out maintenance and over hauling of all unit in the existing power stations under the PHCN successor companies, we are on the road to building a robust power generation profile for the country.
“In other to build capacity to willed this power from the generation stations to the control center and eventually to the distribution companies, your administration has strengthen the transmission companies in Nigeria through the private sector participation of a Canadian firm, Manitoba Hydro International Company which now have the mandate of not only operating the existing transmission facility but also of imbibing a new transmitting pipe lines in the country,” he said.
The minister added that the successful signing of agreement between the Federal Government and the new owners of the privatised generation and distribution companies are all pointers to the commitment of President Jonathan’s administration to the growth of the power sector.
He stressed that these concrete steps would herald a new horizon in the power sector and would drive darkness far away permanently from Nigeria, adding that the impossible aspect in the power sector has been accomplished by the present administration.
“It was thought to be impossible but you made it possible. Settling of the labour work force of the PHCN successor companies was thought to be impossible. Your administration has provided the fund whereby we are almost concluding the payment of the packages due to them.
“The success of the NIPP in the Nigeria power sector today has made it imperative to retain the program as a veritable strategy for addressing infrastructure gap in the industry as well as achieving power infrastructure capacity in the country in line with the nation’s dream in becoming one of the top 20 economy in the world by the Year 2020.
“Basically, as the private sector assumes its rightful role as a veritable instrument for prime management and expansion; government will continue its regulatory role to make the power sector market more responsive to the forces of demand and supply.”
Information from Vanguard was used in this report.