Leadership (Abuja)

13 February 2013

Nigeria: Transmission, Nigeria's Power Problem

Former Power Minister, Prof. Barth Nnaji, said yesterday that the country's major problem in power supply is transmission where there had been some challenges in evacuating what is being generated.

Speaking after a meeting of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) at the presidential villa, Nnaji noted, however, that a lot was already happening, following series of meetings, with no exception to the one that was just concluded and, "it is very likely that by the end of the year, there will be a remarkable improvement.

"With regards to generation, Nigeria is moving ahead by leaps and bounds. What we have as a problem that is very significant is the transmission, to be able to evacuate what is being generated and what we anticipate will be an addition to the grid towards the end of the year. We are working on that and today's meeting is addressing some of those issues", he added.

Nnaji further stated: "It was a very brief meeting and hopefully by the time we meet again, issues relating to NIPP and Niger Delta Power Holding Company will go a lot further in finding solutions to the problems that we have at the moment.

What I can say is that yes we are forging ahead, the power agenda is on course and we intend by the grace of God, to make Nigerians much happy as soon as possible".

"I don't have any fear, quite a bit of our problems are not insurmountable. The problems are very enormous, very challenging but we have the will, the dexterity and the support of the President who is very keen on ensuring that the power sector issue is put behind us. So I believe that things are happening.

"For instance, in the past couple of months, we have been able to generate and put in the system the transmission much more power than in the past. We are continuing with that gradual growth and hopefully, when the whole issue of power transmission is addressed, there will be a sporadic increase in the amount of power available to our people".

Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, "You know at the last meeting, the issue of generation was discussed. The last meeting was just two weeks ago so nothing much would have happened between that time and today. We just reviewed what happened at the last meeting".

On his part, Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State told Journalists that the meeting was basically to look at the issues that have been discussed and then to streamline the issues so that in the next meeting, they will be able to fully brief Nigerians on how far they have gone on the power issue as it relates to NIPP projects.

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