The Federal Government on Friday promised that power supply will be stable in the country by October this year.
The Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, who disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of a meeting on power chaired by Vice President Namadi Sambo at the State House, Abuja, stressed that other issues in the electricity value chain are being addressed in the country.
According to Nebo, power supply has improved in the country in the past one week due to improved gas supply even as he assured that the Federal Government is making arrangements to ensure that the bills of electricity generating companies are promptly paid.
He said: “The cheering news from all of these is that if you have noticed throughout the country in the past one week people have been getting better power supply.
“The gas is now beginning to come back and it’s something that gives all of us a lot of joy. And we know that it will continue to grow that way even until December because of some of the facilities, maintenance and repair works on the gas equipment and so on.
“The gas producers have come to a place where almost all of these are being taken care of and then the new gas we are expecting, we have them trickling in right now.
“So that’s part of the shortfalls we’ve had in production up to this time, we hope that by the beginning of October, we will see a much better stabilisation of the entire power delivery system in the country”.
The minister continued: “First, I would say we rejoice that for the first time in a long time we have been averaging over 4,500MW when we include nearly 300MW of spilling reserve which is put there to ensure the reliability and stability of the grid at all time.
“So, we are really moving forward; it may not be as rapid as Nigerians expect, but it is important to let everybody know that indeed we are advancing, we are making progress and we will continue to make progress.”