The Federal Government says it has developed a three-phased roadmap aimed at ensuring improved electricity generation, transmission, and distribution in the country.
The Minster of Power Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, stated this in Abuja on Thursday when he featured at the inaugural edition of the `Podium`, a forum with the theme: “Fixing Nigeria’’.
The forum was organised by the Kuka Centre, a Nigeria-based policy research institute with the objective of ensuring that political leadership is a collaborative exercise requiring multiple governance structures at various levels
“For power, the plan is a road map of three faces, the first phase is incremental power, the second phase is steady power and the third phase is uninterrupted power.“
He said the optimum capacity of power that Nigeria had produced in its 66 years of existence was 5,074 megawatts of power
He said it was that reason government decided to design a road map for improved power supply.
According to him, the 5,074 megawatts was not enough to service the energy needs of the growing population, hence the need to get more power through incremental process.
He said the incremental process would entail the deployment of rural electrification implementation plan, adding that strategies had been drawn to ensure full implementation of the plan.
He also said the incremental process would consist of the use of other energy sources to increase power production in the country.
Fashola said the completion of some abandoned transmission projects as well as the completion of the National Integration Power Project (NIPP) were a process within the incremental phase.
According to the minister, the second phase is aimed at ensuring that every Nigerian gets adequate power.
He said that could be achieved through the use of accurate data of electricity consumers in the country.
He stated that it is important to know the number of electricity consumers in the country.
Fashola said a reliable data gathering format was required to know the energy needs of each household.
He added that part of the plan was to ensure regular maintenance and replacement of equipment used in the power value chain.
On the uninterrupted energy phase, he said the responsibility rested on consumers of electricity.
According to him, this is based on how conscious and conservative Nigerians are in the use electricity.
He said the phase would entail the adoption of an energy-saving culture by Nigerians.
“The uninterrupted energy phase, which is the third phase, is really more in our hands than in the hands of government.
“How much we now use energy, how conservative we are, how energy-conscious we are and how much we save as a matter of culture.
“It is mainly about conservation; about lifestyle choices; about the way we use energy and about the way we conserve energy.“
Fashola also said that the ministry had completed the development of an energy mix document designed to explore and develop other energy sources in the country.
“What energy mix doses is to show all of us, especially investors, where our country’s energy sources lie.
“From solar to coal to gas to hydro and biomass and to organise the development of additional power in those places for optimum efficiency.“
He said that the full implementation of the energy mix document would help reduce over dependence on gas for electricity generation.
On housing, Fashola said that the ministry was developing a “Nigerian House’’ targeted at the poor and vulnerable. (NAN)
Source : Leadership