The Power Sector Recovery Progrsmme (PSRP), is a series of policy actions, operational, governance and financial interventions to be implemented by the Federal government within a five year period to restore the financial viability of the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI), reduce loses and energy theft. PSRP is born out of the Federal Government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan 2017 – 2020.
Electricity plays a critical role in the socio – economic development of the country. It also plays a major role in the achievement of the Federal Government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), which is founded upon medium term structural reforms, has prioritized the reform of the Power Sector Infrastructure in order to diversify Nigeria's economy.
The Federal Government of Nigeria developed the PSRP in collaboration with the World Bank Group. The objectives are: to restore the sector’s financial viability, improve power supply reliability to meet growing demand, strengthen the sector’s institutional framework and increase transparency. Others are to implement clear policies that would promote and encourage investor’s confidence in the sector and establish a contract – based electricity market.
Next week, our focus on PSRP would be on its components which encompass four groups of interventions namely: Financial, Operational, Technical, Governance and Policy Interventions
President Muhammadu Buhari Friday in Abuja expressed optimism that new investment commitments coming into Nigeria’s textile sector, of which Aba is a major beneficiary, will be actualized within the shortest possible time, assuring that the issue of unstable electricity and other basic infrastructure in Ariaria market, a major trading hub in West and Central Africa, would soon be a thing of the past
President Buhari, giving the assurance when he received traditional rulers from Abia State led by His Royal Majesty, Dr. Isaac Ikonne, Enyi 1 of Aba, reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to rapidly industrialize the Country through projects that promote import substitution, saying that the investments in the textile industry would create thousands of jobs for youths in Abia.
The President recounted that during his visit to Aba in 2015 as a presidential candidate, he observed the lack of electricity and other basic infrastructure for the market's over 40,000 shops. ‘‘As a government, we issued a presidential mandate to the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing and the Rural Electrification Agency to energize the market. ‘‘In June 2018, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission granted an electricity generation license as well as a distribution license for the market. This will enable the generation and distribution of 9.5 Megawatts of electricity within the market. ‘‘The project is moving smoothly and I have been assured the market will be fully electrified soon. We are working closely with the State Government, Local Government, Traditional Rulers, Market Associations and the community on this project to ensure this goal is actualized by the end of the year,’’ he said.
In his remarks, Eze Ikonne lauded the President for successes recorded so far since he assumed office in 2015, particularly in the fight against corruption, agricultural revolution, infrastructure development and security
In line with the Federal Government’s Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Program (TREP) of incremental power, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has again successfully completed the installation of two units of 60MVA 132/33kV power transformers at Papalanto and Okpella Transmission Substations in Ogun and Edo States, respectively.
The installed 60MVA power transformer in Okpella, which would be commissioned by the Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Prof. James Momoh on Saturday 22nd September 2018, will greatly support the industrial policy of the Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, which is based on the existence of huge deposit of limestone and other solid minerals in the area. Already BUA Cement has a factory at Okpella which could be expanded with improved power supply.
Prior to this, the capacity of Okpella Substation was only 15MVA, which has now been increased to 75MVA with the installation of the new 60MVA power transformer. Consequently, several communities including Okpella, BUA Cement Company, Agenebode and its environs, who are customers of Benin Electricity Distribution Company are expected to experience improved power supply.
Similarly, the transformer at Papalanto, which hitherto had a capacity of 75MVA, has been increased to 135MVA with the installation of the new 60MVA power transformer.Electricity users in Ilaro, Lapeleke, Sango, Onihale and its environs in Ogun State who are customers of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company are expected to experience improved power supply. Potential eligible customers such as Lords Mint and Dolphin could also benefit from the increased supply
The Republic of Egypt has expressed interest in cooperating with Nigeria on power and housing development. Former Prime Minister and currently Special Assistant to the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Engr. Sherif Ismail made this known recently when he, led by the Egyptian Ambassador to Nigeria and the MD of Arab Contractors, Assem Hanafi, visited the. Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, in his office recently .
Speaking on his mission, the Egyptian Presidential aide said he was in the Country to discuss further cooperation between the two Countries in the areas of power and housing. “We have some mega national projects in the power and housing sector, and have come to Nigeria, our longtime partner to explore areas of cooperation,” he said.
Responding, Fashola commended the Ambassador for his tireless efforts at strengthening the diplomatic tie between the two Countries, and the MD of Arab Contractors, who also accompanied the Presidential aide, for being a committed long term partner in the area of construction around the Country. The Minister further stated that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari is focused on infrastructure development, and as such, the visit of the Egyptian envoy was most welcomed.
While briefing on the successes so far recorded by Government, Fashola noted that “Trade is also an area of common interest between our two countries, symbolized by many points of interaction”, urging the Egyptian government to rekindle her business interest in the Nigeria's power sector, noting that the sector is full of opportunities for investment, especially in the areas of meters, cables and other electrical accessories.
The Minister said due to the huge investment by the government in power, tangible improvement is being witnessed in the sector currently. “Our average power generation now increases by 1, 000 yearly. The problem now is distribution, and we need a lot of investment there. “We have a 10-year transmission plan, and now there are about 90 transmission projects at various stages of completion. “We will be available to work with the government and people of Egypt, “he said
To re-affirm its resolve to continue to pursue and implement the incremental power policy of the Federal Government by consistently investing in capacity expansion initiatives through its Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Program, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has energized a 330kV transmission line constructed by KEC six years ago, and a 150MVA power transformer and its associated 75MVR reactors. TCN’s task team are now concentrating on completing the 60MVA which is expected to be completed in the next few weeks to enable Damaturu and its environs to get supply from the Substation.
The Damaturu 330kV Substation project contract was awarded in 2006, but was taken over by TCN engineers about three months ago, who completed and energized it on Wednesday, 13th September, 2018.
The Gombe-Damaturu 330kV Single Circuit transmission line was completed in 2013 but was neither terminated nor energized. TCN’s Management constituted a committee headed by the General Manager Kaduna Region, Engr. Alim to ensure quick and successful completion of the Gombe-Damaturu-Maiduguri 330kV Single Circuit line and Damaturu 330kV Substations at Damaturu and Maiduguri respectively.
According to the statement issued by TCN’s General Manager Public Affairs, Ndidi Mbah, two towers on the Damaturu-Maiduguri 330kV transmission lines that were vandalized in 2015 are currently being stringed by a contractor. It is expected that the work will be completed in the next few weeks and Maiduguri 330/132/33kV Substation which has been completed will be energized. This will significantly improve the power supply of Maiduguri and its environs. It will also improve the flexibility of supply to Biu and Dambua, all in Borno State
The National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN), has issued certificates to 20 engineering graduates of the Institute’s 2017 Session Graduate Skills Development Programme (NGSDP) in Abuja.
Sponsored by Mainstream Energy Solutions Limited (MESL), concessionaire of Kainji and Jebba Hydropower Generation Companies (GenCos), the graduates who are from the host Communities are being trained to enhance their professionalism on the job.
The Director General of NAPTIN, Ahmed Bolaji Nagode said the sponsorship was a good way of giving back to the society as he urged other firms in the power sector to emulate the MESL model. “I can assure you that those who have been trained by NAPTIN will definitely be the best in the energy industry,” he noted.
The Managing Director of MESL, Engr. Lamu Audu at the Certificate presentation said: “We got an approval to take 10 trainees every year. We did 10 in the first year and another 10 engineers that have graduated; and fortunately, we have gotten approval to do 20 this year at NAPTIN. ” He said the training was fully sponsored by Mainstream Foundation, a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of MESL. He urged the graduates to work towards yielding results.
A graduate, Murtala Isa from Kontagora in Niger state who spoke for the others said NAPTIN gave us the opportunity to learn hands-on experience at the power plants. “MESL gave us the opportunity to excel and gave a platform to learn about hydro power generation,” he added.
Executive Director of Mainstream Foundation, Alhaji Abdullahi Siraj lauded NAPTIN for the training programme just as he urged the graduates to make use of the training and the advice they have received from power sector experts to become the best in their career.
A 7.5MVA injection substation has been commissioned by the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, (EEDC), in Enugu. The project, which is said to be a brainchild of Senator Gilbert Nnaji representing Enugu East Senatorial District, was fully funded by the EEDC, as part of efforts geared towards ensuring steady power supply in the community.
Speaking at the commissioning, the Senator representing Anambra Central, Senator Victor Umeh who represented the Chairman of the EEDC, Chief Sir Emeka Offor, noted that Nigeria needed power supply to enhance economic development and improve lives, promising that the Company would do everything to maximise the supply of power to its customers.
Earlier, the Managing Director of EEDC, Okechukwu Nwosu had disclosed that the Company was committed to delivering quality power supply to its customers. According to him, “the substation that is being commissioned today is housing 3 units of 11KV Feeders, and designed to enhance quality of electricity supply to our customers within Nike Lake Resort and environs, Amorji, Ibagwa, Harmony, Edem, Alulu, Umuchigbo down to Last Bus-Stop.
“This initiative has de-loaded the Abakpa 1 – 11KV feeder, which prior to now, was serving these areas and other parts of Abakpa and Thinkers Corner, Emene. We are therefore happy to say that approximately 13,000 EEDC customers are already benefiting from this project. “We all would agree that electricity is central to the social and economic development of our nation and we are playing our part, as a responsible corporate organization, to ensure that the South East, which is our franchise area is not left out in this conscious effort aimed at transforming the socio economic landscape of the South East zone.”
He added that “the enormous challenges in the power sector is of great concern to every industry player, but this has not deterred us in our quest to delivering exceptional services to our customers. So far, we have committed both human and financial resources to ensure that this goal is achieved.
“The Nike Lake Injection Substation is actually one of the numerous projects that we embarked on to provide quality and reliable electricity supply to our esteemed customers. “Recently, at Nsukka, Enugu State, we built and commissioned the UNN 33KV and Orba 33KV Feeders to evacuate energy from the Nru TCN Substation to our customers. We wish to acknowledge that the Orba 33KV feeder was financed by the Enugu State government, and we want to appreciate His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and the Executive Governor of Enugu State for this support.
“With this development, the UNN 33KV Feeder now cater for the University of Nigeria, Nsukka without interruptions, as well as Onuiyi Haven and environs; while the Orba 33KV Feeder serves Obollo Afor, Orba, Ehalumona, Orhodo, Opi and Enugu Ezike communities.”
The MD further stated that the Company had deployed over 70 units of 500KV transformers to replace some failed ones and also to serve as relief to some areas identified to be expanding within our network. “Equally, as part of our effort to ensure that our customers are metered, we have embarked on massive installation of smart prepaid meters to our customers across our franchise area at no cost to them. As a matter of fact, between January 2018 to August, over 50,000 customers were metered, bringing the total number of our prepaid customers to about 190, 000,” he said.
As part of government's efforts to end the age-long electricity problem being encountered by the residents of the Ondo South Senatorial District of Ondo State, the Federal Government has awarded contracts for the reconstruction of damaged power distribution infrastructure in the four Local Government Areas in the district.
Speaking at a meeting of stakeholders with the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, at Okitipupa, on Tuesday, the Executive Director, Engineering and Technical Services of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company, Ife Oyedele said government was committed to restoring electricity to the Ondo South Senatorial District, whose residents of over 1,000 communities had been without electricity for the past 10 years. Following the development according to him, various youths associations in the area had staged protests at one time or the other, calling the attention of the government for immediate solution.
Oyedele disclosed that work had begun, pointing out that the type of power intervention that had been approved for the district by the Federal Government was unprecedented in the history of the Country.
The Special Adviser to Governor Akeredolu on Public Utilities, Tunji Ariyomo, disclosed that the Governor had once declared emergency on electricity in the District through a two-prong approach that included “direct intervention by the state government as well as grid-tied intervention through Federal Agencies such as the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and the Niger Delta Development Company (NDDC).”
President Muhammadu Buhari has solicited the support of the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, for the country’s aspiration to build the 3050 Megawatts Mambilla hydroelectric power project.
According to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant, Media to the President, Garba Shehu, President Buhari, at an earlier meeting with President Xi, while commending him for successfully hosting the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), solicited the Chinese government’s support for the Mambilla hydropower project, noting that Mambilla project remains a key priority to Nigeria.
President Buhari noted that over the years China had provided concessionary loans to fund critical infrastructure projects in Nigeria, adding that these interventions have positively impacted on millions of Nigerians and will continue to do so for generations to come. ‘‘Mr President, as we celebrate these successes, I would like to once again solicit your support for the Mambilla Hydropower Project which remains a key priority for my government. Our hope is to fund the project with concessionary loans from China as any alternative funding arrangement will adversely impact the project’s viability. ‘‘We have been informed that our submission on this project is undergoing assessment by the relevant Chinese agencies. We hope with your kind intervention, this assessment will be expedited. Your Excellency, Mambilla is Nigeria’s equivalent of the three gorges dam. My wish is that you join me for the ground-breaking ceremony of this project in the not too distant future,’’ President Buhari said.
In his remarks, President Xi who commended Nigeria’s fight against terrorism and the progress that has been made so far, promised China’s support in capacity building and intelligence sharing, the military, agriculture, trade as well as the power sector. ‘‘The relationship between Nigeria and China is as best as ever, especially given the deepening mutual trust. China will continue to stand with Nigeria,’’ he said.
Continuing, the Chinese leader told President Buhari that in respect of the Mambilla hydro power project, ‘‘we understand how critical the project is to your country and we will take a serious look at it and ensure that it succeeds because of its social and economic benefits.’’
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, has commended the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) during the last Power Sector Stakeholders Meeting in Minna, Niger State for recently completing the following projects: 2x15MVA, 33/11kV Injection Substation at Okene, 2×7.5MVA, 33/11kV Substation at Kabba, 2x15MVA, 33/11KV at Confluence Beach and 1×7.5MVA, 33/11KV at Felele all in Kogi State.
According to the Company, three communities, Egbema, Iyioka and Kalabari Beach which are hosts to the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) Egbema Power Plant and NIPP distribution projects comprising injection substations, lines and distribution systems in each of the communities have been completed, awaiting testing and commissioning.
Stressing that rehabilitation of the 33kV line has also commenced and is 45% completed. When completed, it is hoped that, the project will boost socio-economic activities in the area as well as, curb restiveness of the people and allow for smooth operation of Egbema Power Plant, which will in turn, guarantee a more stable power supply to the town and its environs and provide flexibility in operation and maintenance of the network.
FASHOLA INSPECTS PLANTS OF AFAM POWER PLC AND ONGOING CONSTRUCTION OF 240 MW AFAM III FAST POWER PLANT IN RIVERS STATE
Hon Minister of Power Works Housing Mr Babatunde Fashola SANmiddleflanked by the Managing DirectorChief Executive Officer Afam Power Plc Engr Olumide Noah Obademi 2nd right Hon Member House of the Rivers State House of Assembly Promise Chisom Dike left Deputy to the Paramount Ruler Okolima Ndoki Afam Community Oyigbo LGA Chief Peter Josiah JPright and others as he speaks with journalists shortly after inspecting the various sections and projects within Afam Power Plc in Afam Port Harcourt Rivers State on Thursday 8 June 2017
FASHOLA YARI AT THECOMMISSIONING OF PROJECTS TO COMMEMORATE THE6TH ANNIVERSARY OF GOVERNOR YARIS ADMINISTRATION IN ZAMFARA
Hon Minister of Power Works Housingand Special Guest of Honour Mr Babatunde Fashola SANleft Governor of Zamfara State Dr AbdulAziz Yari Abubakarmiddle and Director Fire Service Zamfara State Mr Abdullahi Saiduright during the Commissioning of newly procured fire fighting equipment for the State Fire Serviceas part of the activities tocommemorate the 6thAnniversary of Governor Yaris administration inZamfara State on Monday 15th May 2017