2 April 2008 – 600 transformers and other equipment are being distributed by Nigeria’s minister of state for energy and power, Mrs Fatima Balaraba Ibrahim – after some of the equipment has been in storage for more than 10 years.

Transformer_pg8_1:2007"All the ones we are distributing, they are in good condition," the minister explained. "They are equipment worth about N4 billion (US$34 million). And we are distributing about 600 transformers now, and other equipment".

Like I said, they are in perfect condition, these ones. The ones that tend to have problems, we will repair them and give them out. But everything included – the transformers, the wires, everything – comes to about N4 billion (US$34 million)."

The minister went on to explain that 10 years in storage should not affect the performance of the equipment.

"The fact that we are distributing them now, some of them after ten years, some of them after just about three years, if you put a transformer and it is not overloaded, and it is not vandalized, then it should last up to about 30 years."

The minister directed the 11 electric power distribution companies who received the equipment to install it within the next six weeks, adding that officials would inspect installations after the six week period.

At the same function, reports on improving the state of affairs in the Nigerian electricity industry were presented to the minister.

Reports were submitted for PHCN power generation plants for the existing stations at Kainji, Geregu, Jebba, Shiroro, Egbin, Afam, Delta, Sapele, Ijora and Calabar; and for the new PHCN/NIPP power plants at Omotosho, Papalanto, Alaoji and Geregu.

Other reports submitted included feedback on the transmission grid, distribution network, marketing and service delivery.