General Manager Communication & Public Relations, Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) Mr Yakubu Lawal in this interview speaks on contributions of the company to power supply since inception and commitment of the Managing Director Mr Chiedu Ugbo to deliver more power projects including solar in line with the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari. Excerpts
How do you feel receiving this award on behalf of the Managing Director Mr Chiedu Ugbo?
First of all, we regret the absence of our managing director who was on national assignment relating to power supply few hours to the commencement of the award anniversary programme.
We thank the management of Nigerian NewsDirect for the recognition extended to my managing director Mr Chiedu Ugbo.The award is an encouragement for us to do more and he is committed to ensure that the entire mandate given to NDPHC is delivered. He is working excellently with his team to ensure that all the projects are delivered to bridge the gap in power sector and for Nigerians to enjoy more power supply as the economy continues to grow.
How many projects are we expecting to be delivered this year by NDPHC?
Well, since the establishment of NDPHC to ensure Nigeria has adequate supply of power, the company has embarked on 78 intervention projects. This is to ensure that power is distributed to all the nooks and crannies of the country. We have resolved the issue of stranded power in the power sector and also did a lot in renewable energy in several communities across almost all the states of the federation that are not connected to the national grid. Through the initiative of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company and the support of the Presidency, power supply is being supplied to communities not connected to the grid through the renewable solar system to ensure regular and adequate light for their homes. This is beside the daily contribution of about 40 per cent of the total power being supplied to the national grid by power generation plants belonging to NDPHC. We have over 3,000mw generation capacity out of over 7,000mw being generated daily by all power stations in the country and a good contribution if the entire capacity being released to the national grid for transmission is adequately distributed to end users in Nigeria. As we go further into the year, I am sure more projects and more approvals are coming.
How many communities have benefitted so far from the renewable solar system?
So far so good, over 20 solar appliances have been distributed. Working in conjunction with project consultants, some states in the northern part of the country have been identified for the solar renewable power supply system. We are expecting that the process of procuring and distributing through the 36 states of the federation is at an advance stage.