President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that his government would make sure that electricity supply around the country is constant to aid the economic development of Nigeria.
Buhari made this disclosure after he was briefed on the electricity situation in Nigeria by the permanent secretary of the federal ministry of power, Ambassador Godknows Igali, Vanguard reports.
According to Buhari, his administration will give the power sector maximum attention to boost power supply in Nigeria because they are aware that steady electricity will launch Nigeria into faster economic growth.
He also revealed that his administration will prioritise certain measures in its action plan to boost the electricity situation in Nigeria, saying the Federal Government had already identified the critical problems in Nigeria’s power sector and was taking appropriate actions to address them.
“The problems besetting our power sector are not difficult to identify. Therefore, priorities can be easily set in order to tackle them. The problems are more with transmission than generation, and we equally need to secure the power infrastructure round the country. We will address all these issues,’’ he assured.
Igali informed Buhari that power generation in Nigeria, which was 1,750megawatts (MW) in 1999, is now 4,600MW. He added that gas was available to take generation to 5,500 MW in a short time, but that the country needed to expand its electricity infrastructure to accommodate additional power generation.
Meanwhile, Buhari has promised to create more jobs for the teeming youths in the country. The president was speaking during the event organized by the Ministry of Youth Development to mark the 2015 World Youth Day with the theme “Civic Engagement”.