Mr Sale Mamman, the Power Minister said Nigerians around the country now get 18 to 24 hours of electricity a day
In an interview with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) on Tuesday, the minister made this known because he maintained that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari had strengthened the facilities in the power sector.
The minister said the federal government has been upgrading the 330KVA, the country’s highest voltage.
He confirmed that 132 substations were upgraded and that the 40MW Kashimbilla station was complete.
Mamman added that work at Niger’s Zungeru station had reached 70 percent.
The minister said the feasibility studies have been concluded for Mambilla, and contractors are about to start construction.
“We have improved our services. Before this government, they gave light for less than 10 hours a day, but today I can tell you that we give light from 18 to 24 hours in a day.”
The minister said before now, Nigeria had less than 3,000mw of capacity generation.
“But today, we can generate up to 5,500mw capacity, although we cannot transmit all due to some constraints.”
Mamman assured that power supply would further improve after Siemens AG of Germany begins work in the sector.
But, Mamman’s claim of significantly improved power supply was contrary to the position of most Nigerians as well as the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) that recently listed unstable power supply as the number one challenge of doing business in the country.
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