While delivering a key note address at the second edition of the National Council on Power (NCP) Stakeholders meeting in Kaduna State, Minister of Power, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) revealed why Nigerians are experiencing drop in electricity distribution. INFORMATION NIGERIA has outlined 2 key points he made.
Fashola says Nigerians have been experiencing very epileptic supply because
The drop in electricity supply from 5000 MW to 2000MW since February 2016, according to the power Minister is due to incessant attacks on gas pipelines by vandals.
Mr Fashola said we can only address the current poor electricity supply across the country via
Alternative power sources such as solar, wind energy, coal to complement existing hydro and gas as ways to address the current poor electricity supply across the country.
However, the host governor, Mr Nasir El-Rufai on how to improve the electricity situation advocated the following;
-He asked the Federal government to retain the transmission sector and privatise the DISCOs and GENCOs.
-The governor also advocated the restructuring of the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) in order to make it more proactive and effective.
-He stated that competent and experienced experts should be engaged to man the regulatory agency.
-He specifically urged the Ministry of Power and other stakeholders to consider solar energy since it is cheaper and efficient, adding that Nigeria is blessed with abundant sun which could transformed into solar energy.