The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has assured that the federal government plans to improve the distribution capacities of the 11 electricity distribution companies (discos) before the year end.
Acknowledging the challenges that came with the privatisation of the power industry the minister said government came up with the Power Sector Recovery Programme (PSRP) as a component of its Economic Recovery and Growth Plan to solve these challenges and put the sector on the path of sustainable growth.
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According to Fashola, policy and progress such as the privatisation will have its challenges. It is these challenges that have positioned the PSRP to include metering to governance.
“…the governance issue is the full constitution of the NERC with the appointment of the chairman – today one item in the list of to-do items of the PSRP is now completed and we can proudly report that,” Fashola said.
Electricity distribution is now the focus
Fashola said he was expecting the Azura Power in Edo State to come on stream fully with about 459MW, as well as Kaduna and Afam plants.
“Azura just sent a message that their plant was now completed and was ready to run full operation. That is 459MW of power. We are expecting another 240MW from Afam and another 215MW from Kaduna and also from Kashimbila. There is a lot of power coming. So, the distribution end is where our real challenge lies,” he stated.
He also stated that the mini-grid regulations issued recently by the NERC have started producing results with impacts in markets, which he said would be fully electrified later this year.