Past govts abandoned 800 containers of power equipment —Minister

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said past governments abandoned 800 containers of power equipment meant to help boost power generation in the country.

The minister, according to the News Agency of Nigeria, made this known when he featured on a national television on Saturday to discuss the state of the nation.

He said the containers were abandoned because contractors were not paid.

He, however, noted that the present government, in its determination to boost power supply, was able to retrieve 690 of those containers.

He said the contractors had also been paid and mobilised to site, adding that the effort had yielded positive result.

The minister stated, “How many hours of power did we have? When we came in, all the Gencos were generating under 5,000 megawatts, which we have been able to raise to 7,000.

“Today, people who live in parts of Ondo that have not seen power for 10 years will tell you they now have power. As a matter of fact, not only do we generate 7,000 megawatts of power, by the end of this year, we will generate additional 2,000 megawatts.”

On the challenges of power distribution, the minister said the government had put measures in place to solve the problem.

“If once in a while, there is problem in distribution, it is not about generation. Yes, there is this disconnect between the generation and distribution and this is where the government has come in to help the distribution companies through a programme called the Distribution Expansion Project,’’ the minister said.

He reiterated the effort of the present government in working to revive the Mambilla Power Project.

According to him, going by the effort of the present government, the Mambilla Plateau will generate additional 3,050 megawatts of power in a few years’ time.

He pointed out that President Muhammadu Buhari was the only one that had summoned the courage and political will to see that the project was revived.
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