Daily Trust (Abuja)

26 January 2013

Nigeria: Maku Harps On Efficient Power Supply

Awka — The Transmission Company of Nigeria has been urged to intensify efforts to ensure stable power supply across the country.

Information Minister Labaran Maku made the call when he led a delegation of the National Good Governance Tour on an inspection of the Onitsha substation in Anambra State.

Maku said all power plants across the country are virtually ready, but one major challenge is the transmission station.

"With private sector involvement in the power sector, Nigeria will attain stability in power supply. Every aspect of the economy depends on power to thrive, but we need to make efforts to convey the generated power to Nigerians and to avoid waste," he said.

He urged Nigerians to cooperate with government in safe guarding public infrastructure and to cultivate the habit of power conservation.

Principal Manager, Onıtsha Works Centre Transmission Station, Bakare Kassım, assured Onıtsha residents of improved power supply, but appealed for support in their efforts to provide same.

He regretted that there is a situation of stranded generation of power in the East due to bottleneck created by the single circuit which is the most critical in the country.

The 330KV line is the only one that provides power to the East. It imports and exports power depending on the system.

The project, which covers Edo, Delta and Anambra states, will help address the problem of power outages in Nigeria.

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