Former Minister of Power, Prof. Bart Nnaji, told the Senate Ad-hoc Committee on Power, yesterday, that Nigeria was able to achieve only 50 percent power generation despite government’s huge investment in the sector.
Nnaji, who played critical roles in the deregulation of the nation’s power sector and the unbundling of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, however, noted that the country was still experiencing epileptic electricity supply because the regulatory agencies had failed to carry out necessary enforcement and discipline.
The former minister stated this when he appeared before a Senate committee, lamenting that despite the huge resources channeled into the sector over the years, Nigerians are still not enjoying adequate power supply.
He noted with regret that about half of the power being generated by various generating companies were not getting to the consumers due to poor transmission, which according to him, was as a result of inefficient regulation by the concerned government agency.
He explained that since government doesn’t produce power any more, 5,500 out of the 12,000 megawatts installed capacity was going to consumers.
For instance, he said the gas being delivered for power generation was a fraction of the installed capacity which would not affect the quantity meant for export through the Liquefied Natural Gas.
Even when you have installed capacity of 12,000 megawatts, you cannot release the same amount of megawatts to the end users. Nigeria can generate 7,000 megawatts and make it available for consumption if there is no constraint in transmission where we have inefficiency in distribution.
“Out of the amount of power that is distributed to transmission companies only about 50 percent of it gets to consumers. It is an incredible inefficiency in the power system that must be cured.”
He, however, expressed optimism that the new Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), being “an excellent administrator and manager”, would effectively discharge the functions of managing the ministries assigned to him without affecting the power sector.

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