Power generation to hit 5,000MW in 2015 – Minister

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Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, has said that Nigeria’s power generation will reach 5,000 megawatts in 2015.

Prof. Nebo who stated this in Abakaliki, Ebonyi, after witnessing the signing of contract for construction of a 2,000 megawatts power plant by the state government and a Korean company, said President Goodluck Jonthan should be commended for the improvement recorded so far in power generation and supply in the country.

“There has been improvement in power supply all over the country and most people are positive about this. For the first time we have consistently been very close to 4,500 megawatts within the past one to two weeks, many people have noticed that.

“If you are expecting to have a situation where you get 24 hours a day, seven days a week power supply, we are not there yet. The facilities are not there, President Jonathan inherited several problems in the infrastructure for electricity delivery in Nigeria. And because of these problems, it is not easy to achieve perfection overnight.

“But one significant thing is that President Jonathan came when Nigeria was barely generating 2,000 megawatts. Today we are generating 4,500 megawatts. I believe before he finishes his first tenure we will be generating over 5,000 megawatts.

“Where else do you think this can happen that a man will inherit something, double the capacity in one tenure? So we should be very thankful for what is happening so far.

“And I can assure you that the trend you are seeing is because we are having synergy with the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and gas is now gradually coming in and as more gas comes in there will be more generation. And as we expand and strengthen our transmission facilities there will be more power distributed to our people.”

He also said the Federal Government is working hard to ensure that every consumer in the country gets the pre-paid metre to reduce incidences of over billing.

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