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DisCos the weak link in power value chain – Nigerian Govt

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The Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman said Thursday that despite achievements recorded in power generation and transmission capacity, the Distribution Companies (DisCos) had not done enough to take the product to the consuming public.

Mamman, who stated this at the commissioning of a 47.5 kilowatts Solar system for Doka General Hospital in Kachia local government area of Kaduna State, noted that the DisCos still remained the weak link in the power value chain.

The solar energy project funded by the European Union (EU) was implemented by the UKAID in partnership with Kaduna State Government.

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The minister said: “I will not fail to inform this gathering that our grid power generation capacity today is over 7,500 megawatts, the transmission capacity also improved to 8,100 megawatts.

“This development is responsible for the improvement in power supply that is witnessed by customers all over the country. Distribution remains the weak link within our system and is receiving the desired attention at optimising her operations for the good of all.”

Mamman said the success of the solar project was as a result of policies and regulatory instruments put in place by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, which allow for close collaboration with developmental partners and private sector.

According to the minister, the current efforts have provided a solid foundation for the growth of the electricity industry.

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