FG to fix irregular power supply in 40 years —  Senate

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The Nigerian Senate has said that it will take the federal government 40 years to fix irregular power supply.

The Senate expressed that the four decades is needed due to underfunding and the Federal government’s failure to fix the challenges of electricity generation.

This was disclosed by the Senate Committee on Power on Tuesday after the Minister of Power and his team made a presentation to the Committee.

According to the lawmakers,  four decades wait is due to underfunding and the Federal Government’s failure to fix the challenges of electricity generation.

The committee was astonished by the submission of the Minister of Power, Mamman Saleh, that of the N165 billion required for capital projects in 2020, N4 billion was given as bribe of which only N3 billion was cash-backed.

Instead of this, the Committee dismissed claims made by the minister over raising hope on early provision of constant power supply, while Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Sule Ahmed Abdulaziz, painted a gloomy picture during the ministry’s budget defense.

A member of the Committee, Danjuma Goje, expressed concern that based on Abdulaziz’s presentation, N165billion was proposed, but the ministry gave N4 billion in envelope, insisting that it would take 41 years to deliver constant electricity when N165 billion is divided by N4billion.

It had earlier been reported that it will take nothing less than $100 billion to enable stable power supply in Nigeria.

He was quoted as saying: “Going by the minister’s presentation that transmission gas increased from 5000 to 8000 megawatts, it is not enough.

“When dishing out figures, we should bear in mind that capacity, transmission, and distribution have increased and that Nigerians, manufacturers, and industrialists want to see stable electricity.”

Danjuma expressed pessimism over hopes of stable power supply in the country.

He went as far as stressing that even if ongoing projects are being completed there is still no hope for stable transmission of power in the country.