The Federal Government’s efforts to supply 4,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity by December 2017, may not be accomplished as a result of the poor state of power stations, limited transmission facilities and inadequate distribution across the country, Vanguard reports.
Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, had earlier this month disclosed the commitment of the government to deliver 4,000MW of power to consumers nationwide. The nation currently generates 3,307 MW, showing 693 MW below the set target, barely five months to the end of the year. The Advisory Power Team disclosed in its latest authoritative report that the sector was also haunted by inadequate gas and water management constraints, among others.
Also, investigations showed that power transmission remains a herculean task because of major challenges, especially limited transmission facilities and inadequate funding. Mr. Sunday Olurotimi Oduntan, Executive Director, Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED), disclosed in a telephone interview that the vandalism of facilities that occurred too often was also a serious problem, leading to huge deficits for the Discos.