26 July 2011

Nigeria: FG Set to Build More Power Plants in Three States

Abuja — As part of efforts to improve the nation's electricity situation, the Minister of Power, Barth Nnaji on Tuesday announced the Federal Government's plans to build more power plants in additional three states.

Nnaji disclosed this in Abuja when a delegation of the Enugu South-East Senatorial District led by Senator Gilbert Nnaji paid him a courtesy visit in his office.

The states to host the new power projects include: Gombe (North East geo-political zone); Kogi (North Central); and Enugu (South East).

The move, he continued, would step up electricity generation to enabling the administration to fulfill its promise of stable power for Nigerians.

While promising to employ all possible means to ensure improved power generation, Prof Nnaji stressed that hydro and coal plants would be developed to further boost power generation across the country.

"We are so deficient in power supply, we will not hesitate to use every resources that can help us generate more power", he lamented.

Nnaji also expressed his appreciation to the legislators for their support, and urged the National Assembly to contribute its quota to national development, because, according to him, "all of us have major roles to play to see that we meet the people's expectation of us".

The Minister was reacting to an earlier appeal by Senator Nnaji, who represents Enugu South-East Senatorial District, that the Federal Government should consider developing and utilizing the abundant coal power plant in Enugu, capital of the old Eastern Region.

By so doing, he continued, the plant could serve the electricity need of the people of Enugu state in particular, and the nation in general.

While congratulating the minister on his appointment, the Senator reminded him of the enormous task ahead of him, challenge him not to fail Nigerians in their agitations for stable power supply.

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