The resolve of the Federal Government to attain 5,000 megawatts of electricity generation by December 2012 was once again restated yesterday by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Power, Mrs Dere Awosika.
She disclosed this in Abuja at the seventh General Assembly of the West African Power Pool (WAPP). She said the plan to attain 5,000 megawatts of electricity by December was government’s deliberate drive towards achieving a sustainable power sector for a robust economic development.
Mrs Awosika gave assurance that the oft-repeated projection was possible since a national peak of 4,321 megawatts had already been achieved in August this year.
“The target is to attain 5,000 megawatts by December 2012. This is possible since we achieved a national peak of 4,321 megawatts on 31 August 2012,” she said.
Awosika further stated that the Independent Power Project (IPP) presently contributes 50 per cent of electricity in the country, adding that the project contributed substantialy to improved generation with the commissioning of Olorunsogo, Omotosho, Sapele and Alaoji gas thermal generating stations.
According to her, the Federal Government is also implementing renewable energy projects with one Megawatt Solar Plant and 10 Megawatts Wind Farm in Katsina State.