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Buhari makes pledge on power supply

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday promised that his administration would give priority to ensuring steady electricity in the country, which he said would launch the country into faster socio-economic development.
Buhari stated this after the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Ambassador Godknows Igali, briefed him on the ministry’s activities at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President said that his administration had also prioritised certain measures in its action plan to boost electricity supply in Nigeria.
He said, “The problems besetting our power sector are not difficult to identify. Therefore, priorities can be easily set in order to tackle them.

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“The problems are more with transmission than generation, and we equally need to secure the power infrastructure round the country. We will address all these issues.”
Igali told the President that power generation in Nigeria, which was 1,750 MW in 1999, had now peaked at 4,600 MW.
He added that gas was available to take generation to 5,500 MW in a short time, but that the country needed to expand its electricity infrastructure to accommodate additional generation.
The permanent secretary later told State House correspondents that power distribution remained a challenge, but added that the ministry was working closely with distribution companies to improve the situation.

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