Speaking at the commissioning of the 2X15 MVA NIPP injection sub-station project in Apo, Abuja, by the Minister of Power, Chinedu Nebo, NDPHC’s Managing Director, James Olotu, said this will bring six the number of plants so far unveiled. They are also part of the 10 NIPPs being jointly constructed by the three tiers of government under the management of the NDPHC.
Olotu who did not name the plants to be commissioned, said the four new plants have been completed, adding that the company is only doing house-keeping to ensure that the contract was executed according to specification to efficiently deliver power to Nigerians.
Those already commissioned are the Geregu II power plant ((434 megawatts) in Kogi State and the Omotosho plant (500mw) in Ondo State. The 10 plants which are up for sale will add a total of 5,280MW to the nation’s power supply when completed.
Olotu noted that the injection sub-station which was started several years ago was specially taken up by President Goodluck Jonathan in the pursuit of his administrations transformation agenda.
“This and 205 others are spread across the country, NIPP has 104 transmission projects and over 5,000 transmission sub-stations,” Olotu said.
Also speaking, Nebo explained that the cost of privatisation has not been easy, adding that “it took so much courage on the part of the President to make sure that this baby (power sector) that has been aborted over and over again was not aborted this time around”.
Nebo urged the Abuja distribution company to take lead in terms of efficiency in operation by providing a 24 hour power supply to electricity consumers in the Federal Capital Territory.
Commenting, Chairman Senate Committee on Power, Phillip Aduda said the Senate is interested in knowing what has been achieved in the Multi-Year Tariff Order (MYTO 2) to ensure that Nigerians have steady power supply.
“We have to keep inter phasing with them to ensure that they do the right thing and to ensure that we are getting value for the moneys that are paid to them and to make sure that they are keeping to the contractual agreement, that is the Transmission Company of Nigeria that is been managed by Manitoba Hydro Ltd”, he said.