The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN has disclosed that the Federal Government is working on commissioning about 190 transmission and distribution projects across the country, just as he revealed that some Nigerians have publicly acknowledged that “they are saving some money from diesel they use to spend for generators; they are running their generators for fewer hours, and are getting comparably more power than before.”
To improve power supply, he said the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has over 90 expansion projects, while the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), has over 100 distribution projects at various stages of completion under the National Integrated Power Projects (NIPP). He said that “Over the next few weeks and months, they will be going out to commission and energize those projects. Which would help the DisCos improve power supply and service delivery to those communities.
Disclosing this at the review of the status of projects during the 26th Monthly Power Sector Operators’ meeting held at the Ohiya transmission substation in Umuahia, Abia state on Monday, Fashola tasked the Distribution Companies (DisCos) on improving their networks for enhanced service delivery.
According to the Minister, presently “ There are over 90 TCN’s projects for transmission expansion which TCN will be commissioning nationwide in the next few weeks and months. Some are completed and some are nearing completion,” adding that the 40MVA transformer at the Umuahia substation and 60MVA substation at Aba sub-station were slated for commissioning on that day.
For the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), he said over 100 distribution projects were at various stages of completion under the National Integrated Power Projects (NIPP) which would be commissioned and energized over the next few weeks and months, calling on the DisCos to get “involved to take ownership of these facilities and put them to use.”