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Nigeria: senate advocates for separate energy minister

Senate that is sponsored by Mustapha Bukar (APC-Katsina) is calling on federal government to appoint a separate energy minister to ensure optimal performance.

The current Minister of Power, Babatunde Raji Fashola, also oversees the Works and Housing sectors.

Further to this request, the policymakers also urged the government to immediately incorporate Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) for the implementation of alternative energy projects.

According to the Premium Times, the senate also advised the ministry to use gas as the source of energy for the Kaduna project in accordance with the original concept of the project.

These resolutions are said to be in addition to a request to the government to employ a qualified management team to take charge of the project development in the SPVs and gradually resource the companies in readiness for full operations when the projects are commissioned.

Energy minister to drive alternative energy projects

On the topic of executing alternative energy projects, THISDAY reported that Bukar expressed worry at the challenges in managing power projects such as the 3,050MW Mambilla Hydropower project, 700MW Zungeru Hydropower project, 215MW Kaduna Thermal Power project and the 50MW Katsina Wind Power project.

He said: “The Federal Ministry of Power, as currently constituted, does not have the required professional competence and resources to effectively execute these projects, hence they resort to engaging contractors and consultants for every project development activity.”

The lawmaker stressed that the engagement of multitude of consultants brings the risk of lack of ownership and knowledge transfer upon completion and commissioning of the projects, which would hamper proper management of the facilities when in operation.

Bukar said this is the current situation being experienced at the Kaduna Power plant under construction by the ministry.

The senate also expressed concern that the implementation of large scale projects are always fraught with the risk of cost and schedule overrun, with attendant consequences on overall contract sum.


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Babalwa Bungane
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