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Nigeria losses 3000mw of electricity

Nigeria losses 3000mw of electricity

NIGERIA LOSSES 3000MW OF ELECTRICITY

BY OMOKHUALE PUAH

Former Governor of lagos state, Babatunde Raji Fashola complains that Nigeria lost over 3000 megawatts of electricity to Vandal’s activities during the last six months.

He said this statement during a presentation at the Wilson center, Washington DC in the United States.

According to the Minister, the electricity supply increased by 4000MW during the last two weeks, due to the increase in generating the capacity of the hydropower plants occasioned by the repairs and the maintenance carried out on them in the previous year.

He further said that the loss of over 3000MW of power was caused as a result of consistent vandalism and sabotage of oil and gas pipelines and assets.

He, the current Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Fashola has said that the Buhari’s administration acquired a road contractual liability of N1.5trn worth.

Fashola made this statement to a correspondent, through his special Adviser in Communications, Mr Hakeem Bello, on Sunday in Abuja.

He said though 206 roads were inherited, but were not funded for nor budgeted. He added that it is now a road map, which consists of identifying and priotising heavy traffic bearing roads for conveying essential goods and services within the country.

According to his voice, “we have to build roads that would lead our seas and airports, roads that would drive energy, roads that would help to evacuate fuel from the South to the North, sustain us, which would bring in our feed stock, cattle, vegetables and livestock from the North to the other bearings.

“This is the reason we keep building from all parts of the states, trying to link the roads together for effectiveness. We are also trying to connect the river Benue through the Loko Oweto Bridge, together with the second Niger Bridge; Kano Madugiri and Kano Kaduna”. He said.

Fashola also said in his voice “the state of Nigeria now, is a period of hard choices; we do more with less and these choices which we have made are not esoteric, but are simple and rational, because we put our limited resources in the areas of those 206 roads.

“The total outstanding liability is at N1.5tn; which is taken in batches from the most important highway of goods from ports, fuel from tank farms, foodstuffs and agro-produce across Nigeria”.

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Electricity Demand Projected To Grow By 2020

Electricity Demand Projected To Grow By 2020

 

Managing Director of the Disco, Oladele Amoda  disclosed at a forum held in Lagos, that the Eko Electricity Distribution Company has revealed ,that Nigeria requires about 88,282 Megawatts of electricity to meet the nation’s demand by 2020, where he encouraged  the country to adopt alternative energy sources to measure up with its energy requirement in the nearest future.

“With an estimated yearly economic growth rate of between 7 and 13 percent, as well as an urbanization rate of 3.8 percent, Nigeria’s electricity demand is projected to grow from 15,730 MW in 2016 to 41,133MW by 2018 and 88,282MW by 2020,” he said.

The director also pointed that Nigeria is endowed with renewable energy sources, which are not efficiently managed, this was why he said: “The commitment of the government towards utilizing alternative energy sources can be appreciated as we see more projects being implemented using solar and other renewable options like bio-mass and wind”

Amode finally emphasised the need for the country to adopt energy demand side management which has the tendency to enhance energy efficiency and conservation.

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