Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Country Can't Attain 10, 253 Megawatts Next Year - Union

Lagos — Electricity workers under the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) have described the federal government's quest to grow the nation's power generation to 10,253MW next year as a mere political talk.

President of the union, Comrade Mansur Musa told our correspondent in a telephone chat yesterday, that the current climate of the power sector doesn't suggest that any magic can be done between now and next year.

He said the country could achieve the target in the next four years, and not next year, provided there is right investment and if the federal government is sincere to move the power sector forward.

He said, "The 10,253 MW power generation target for next year as disclosed by the Presidential Task Force on Power is a political talk. They are politicians not engineers and cannot authoritatively speak on the target when the right environment is not there to do so.

"The least period Nigeria can achieve this target is between three and four years. That would also be determined by the sincerity of the federal government to turn the power sector around as well as the requisite investment in the sector."

Beks Dagogo-Jack, Chairman, Presidential Task Force on Power, reportedly said in Lagos on Tuesday that electricity generation capacity is expected to increase from the 4,000mw currently being enjoyed in the country to over 10,253mw by the end of next year.

He said the capacity would also increase to 16,000mw by 2015.

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