FG to raise power generation to 20,000MW in 4yrs
The Federal Government is planning to raise power generation from the current 7,000 megawatts to 20, 000 megawatts in the next four years.
The Minister of State for Power, Alhaji Mustapha Shehuri, disclosed this in Funtua, Katsina State when he inaugurated a 132/33 KV transformer that would boost power supply to local governments in Katsina South by 200 percent.
He said that the government was replacing faulty transformers nationwide and installing new ones in order to ensure steady power supply to Nigerians.
Shehuri further stated that the ongoing transmission rehabilitation and expansion programme would facilitate full utilisation of the more than 7000MW of power currently being generated.
“Government is determined to provide safe, reliable and sustainable power supply to the citizenry,’’ the minister emphasised.
The 60MVA 132/33 KV power transformer project in Funtua, fully funded by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), was successfully energized on Oct. 10.
The Minister also inaugurated a 40MVA 132/33KV mobile power transformer in Zaria, Kaduna State.
Managing Director of TCN, Usman Mohammed, earlier in his speech disclosed that efforts were on to complete the installation of power transformers scattered across the country using its engineers and other in-house staff.
He added that the company’s Regional Managers had been mandated to supervise the installations.