The newly appointed Minister of Power, Sale Mamman has noted that the Power Sector is not only the central nervous system, but also the indispensable vehicle for the delivery of all government policies as they relate to the social, economic and industrial development of any country.
Mamman who stated this on assumption of duty, at the first meeting held with the Permanent Secretary, Directors and Heads of Agencies of the Ministry on Thursday, 22nd August 2019, gave assurance of his and the Minister of State, Goddy Jedy Agba's, OFR commitment to providing a conducive working environment in the Ministry for all to contribute their quota to the new course of action in taking the sector to the “Next Level”.
According to him, “I can assure you of my diligence and sense of commitment. I intend to apply myself totally to this assignment in order to justify the confidence entrusted on me by Mr. President and by extension, all Nigerians”.
While giving assurance that his door would be open to all, the Minister stated that “I also intend to operate an open door policy to avail every staff, no matter their status, the opportunity to contribute their quota to the new course of action. I will welcome every information or advice that would enhance our efficiency”
In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Louis Edozien expressed delight at the appointment of the duo, and pledged the readiness of the Management and staff of the Ministry to support and cooperate with them to make their tenure a success
Committed to providing electricity access to unserved and underserved communities in Nigeria, thereby increasing electricity access to particularly hard-to-reach areas, the Federal Government through the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), Tuesday commissioned the 80 Kilowatt (KW) solar hybrid mini grid power plant project in the Upake community, the ancestral home of Ebira people in Ajaokuta Local Government Area of Kogi State. The project would benefit 496 residential and commercial buildings with constant, clean, safe and reliable electricity.
The first call of the Rural Electrification Fund (REF) will energize 12 communities and deploy 19,000 Solar Home Systems (SHS). Upake community is one of the 12 communities to benefit from the first set of grants under the Rural Electrification Fund, which is a Rural Electrification Agency (REA) initiative. Other communities set to commission solar hybrid mini grids in the coming weeks include: Kare, Dadin-Kowa & Tsulaye communities in Kebbi State and Akpabom community in Akwa Ibom State.
In her remarks, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), Damilola Ogunbiyi, said the move to light up every nook and cranny of Nigeria reiterates the commitment of the Buhari-led Administration in fulfilling its mandate to ensure electricity access for Nigerians. According to her “More families and businesses in Upaka will now have access to clean, sustainable and reliable electricity from the sun. This will enhance productivity and provide jobs in the community’’.
The Director General of the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN), Ahmed Bolaji Nagode was presented with a special award by Students' Coalition Rebirth of Nigeria, Federal University of Technology Minna Chapter, for his outstanding contributions to the development of Power Sector at various levels.
At the special Award presentation ceremony which was held at NAPTIN’s Headquarters recently, the DG expressed appreciation to the Students Union Exco Members for the gesture and urged them to be good ambassadors of the Nation, as the future of any Nation depends on its youths.
He further advised the students not to relent in ensuring that the Nation continues to exist as one where brotherly love is placed above everything else, exhorting them to always embrace hard work and stay away from any form of cultism and vices that is capable of truncating their future ambition.
The Director General also admonished them to take advantage of technology to enhance their Academic and life pursuits, pointing out the importance of being creative and not being dependent on white collar jobs which are almost nonexistent.
Earlier, while addressing the Management Staff of NAPTIN and the Executive Members of the Students Union, the Chairman of the Students' Coalition for Rebirth of Nigeria, Olatunji Dare Emmanuel described the Director General as a Seasoned Administrator, who has contributed immensely to the development of the Power sector at various levels, adding that Nagode is a quintessential icon who displayed rare commitments to the cause of humanity at various spheres of human life, through youths empowerment, philanthropy and contributions towards transformation for good governance. These, according to the Students' Leader are the qualities that qualified the Director General for the Award.
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), has installed and commissioned two units of 60MVA 132/33kV power transformers substations in Ojere, Ogun State.
Speaking during the commissioning, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Transmission Company of Nigeria, Usman Gur Mohammed said the substations will further increase the grid capacity of Nigeria, and also improve electricity supply in Ogun State and its environs. He disclosed that the Company replaced the existing 2x30MVA 132/33KV transformers with the new power transformers.
According to the Managing Director, this will bring the substation’s capacity to 150MVA, saying the upgrade had greatly improved power supply within Abeokuta metropolis via Owode 33KV Feeder 1 and 2, and the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAB), saying the improved power supply would also boost socio-economic activities in areas like Imeko, Shagamu, Ibafo, and Mowe.
Speaking further, Mohammed said “the transformers installation project commenced in September 2017 and has been completed and energized. In addition, the dilapidated and unreliable 33KV indoor switchgear have equally been converted to outdoor switchyard for optimal utilization”.
One of the Community Leaders, Chief Bade Osinlowo, lauded TCN for the project, saying it had increased power supply in the area. According to him, more people had started moving to the community because of its stable power supply.
The Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), says it has completed 100 transmission and distribution projects across the country in the last four years.
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, NDPHC, Chiedu Ugbo, disclosed this recently at the commissioning of a 2 x 60MVA, 132/33kV substation and its associated 132kV transmission lines constructed by the Company in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
He noted that eight of the 10 power plants in the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) portfolio had been connected to the national grid, saying “Between May 2015 and now, under the Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, about 30 NIPP transmission projects inherited by the Administration have been completed while over 70 distribution projects have also been completed across the six Geo Political Zones of the country.”
Ugbo disclosed that the Awka 2X60MVA 132/33kV Substation in Anambra State and Adiabo 2X60MVA 132/33kV Substation in Cross River State would be commissioned in the next few months.
According to him, “We shall also in the same period be commissioning major distribution injection substations at Misau and Darazu in Bauchi State, Kumo in Gombe State and Agaye in Niger State. The projects he said, are in fulfillment of President Buhari’s commitment to improved access to electricity to Nigerians
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA), and Chief Electrical Inspector of the Federation, Peter Ewesor has said the Agency is creating a retraining scheme for certified electrical contractors, linesmen and professionals nationwide to enhance safety and zero accident in the power sector. The Agency certifies all electrical contractors, tests meters and ensures safety and technical standards in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI).
Ewesor disclosed this on Monday when he received the new Director General of the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN), Ahmed Nagode, who was on a courtesy visit to NEMSA headquarters in Abuja.
Ewesor said while many electrical contractors and workers have been certified, they however need continuous training and retraining to promote safety and technical standards in the power sector
According to him, “It is another ground that NEMSA and NAPTIN are breaking and we have started discussion with the Licensed Electrical Contractors Association of Nigeria (LECAN) on that because they have a larger pool of electricians”.
On his part, the Director General of NAPTIN, Ahmed Bolaji Nagode said “We have trained staff of NEMSA on two occasions and from the statement of the MD/CEO, the outcome was good and that means we have met our objective. I must commend him because it’s only a good leader that will consider training and retraining for his staff.”
The Director-General, Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Alex Okoh has confirmed that the implementation of the agreement signed between the Federal Government of Nigeria and Siemens on the roadmap geared towards resolving existing challenges in the power sector and expanding capacity for future power needs in Nigeria will commence by the end of the year.
Okoh, who was represented by the Director in charge of Energy Department in the Agency, Yunana Malo, made this confirmation at a workshop in Abuja recently, pointing out that the implementation of the agreement is expected to help expand the capacity for future power needs in the country.
The two-day workshop, titled “Meter Data Management Solution” was facilitated by the BPE to provide a forum for Siemens to interface with Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOS), Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) with the aim of getting all parties acquainted with the implementation plan as well as ensuring that the peculiarities of every party are addressed in the roadmap implementation.
Speaking at the workshop, Sales Support Professional, Smart Metering, Siemens South Africa, Martin Kuhlmann, said the implementation of the roadmap was designed to eradicate estimated billing system and encourage metering across the country, including government Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs). He expressed confidence that with the roadmap, some of the gaps currently existing in the power sector would be sufficiently addressed.
Key areas featured in the workshop are the basic principles of meter data management, assessment of existing meters and the advantages of the solutions being proposed by Siemens
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday reassured Nigerians that the Federal Government was committed to ensuring effective and cost reflective power supply in the country.
Osinbanjo gave the assurance during the official commissioning of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company’s (NDPHC) new 2×60MVA, 132/33KV substation and associated 132KV transmission lines in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
The Vice President commissioned the 2×60MVA, 132/33KV relief substation for Abeokuta, line bay extension works at Otta, Papalanto and old Abeokuta 132/33KV substation.
According to Osinbajo, “this commissioning is an important part of government effort to improve supply and quality of power to homes and businesses in Nigeria. In the past few years, resolving the power problem has been top priority of government. Today, we have about 13,427MW installed capacity and available capacity of 8,342MW. This was achieved through the effort of government and private sector partnership on rehabilitation of turbines in Shiroro, Egbin, Delta, Sapele, among others".
He assured Nigerians that before the end of 2019, new generation was expected to be injected into the national grid to boost and increase power supply in the country. According to him, the distribution capacity in the 11 Discos were significantly low, hovering at around 4,000 megawatts on average with a peak at about 5,400MW.
He added that despite all the availability of about 8,000MW of generation and 7,000MW of transmission capacity, the lack of Disco infrastructure to absorb and deliver grid power to end-users had largely restricted generation to an average of about 4,000MW, and sometimes even falling below 4,000MW.
“It is evident that despite all efforts that has been put into trying to expand the grid, the structure of the market today cannot deliver on government’s promises to provide power for domestic and industrial use. A substantial change of strategy is necessary. What we have done in the past has taken us to a point where there is clearly a need for change of strategy,” he said.
NDPHC's Chief Executive Officer, Chiedu Ugbo, said the new 2×60MVA, 132/33KV substation of Abeokuta, when fully on stream, would provide reliable power off-take via six 33KV distribution feeders to the State capital, Abeokuta and its environs.
Explaining further, Ugbo said that the 1×60MVA transformer at Otta would provide additional power supply via three 33KV feeders to Otta and its environs, and that the project would impact positively on power supply to Abeokuta, Otta axis and Papalanto. According to him, "the Abeokuta substation was also equipped with 2 x 40MVA, 132/33KV transformers for supplying power to Abeokuta and its environs'.
The National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) has urged stakeholders to promote technical education and development in the power sector.
It said this at a three day Stakeholders’ Forum for Technical Education and Development in the Power Sector (TED2019) recently held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State with the theme, “The Role of Local Content and Legislative Support”.
The Director General of NAPTIN, Ahmed Bolaji Nagode commended the Federal Government for providing financial support to NAPTIN under the French Development Agency (AFD) project to transform vocational skills in the power sector. He noted that the Ministerial Retreat initiated by the immediate past Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, was imperative to ensure synergy amongst Ministry, Departments and Agencies in the sector.
Nagode also emphasized the importance of local content and legislative support and called for the patronage of NAPTIN as a Centre of Excellence in building human skills capacity in the power sector. He noted that local content capacity building will help to provide jobs for the teeming Nigerian youths and grow the economy, while acknowledging the efforts of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) who collaborated with NAPTIN, in training their staff
As part of efforts to provide uninterrupted electricity to Nigerian students through off-grid power plants, the Federal Government last week commissioned a 2.8MW solar hybrid power plant at Alex Ekwueme
Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo (FUNAI) in Ebonyi State. But the value-addition to the feat was the training in renewable energy received by 20 all-female STEM students. They were presented with certificates of completion during the commissioning ceremony.
According to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who commissioned the project, “As additional components of this remarkable project, we are also commissioning a renewables workshop/training center to promote renewable energy training and installed over 7.5KM of street lighting to enhance security and safety within FUNAI campus. Our students will not only reap the benefits of clean, reliable and affordable electricity, they will also receive hands-on training on renewable energy which can be applied beyond the walls of this university.”
Osinbajo added that the multi beneficial project under the Energizing Education Programme would last for the next four years as the train of progress moves to Bayero University Kano (BUK), Kano State and Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun (FUPRE), Delta State where he would commission other projects over the next couple of months.
Also speaking, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Rural Electrification Agency (REA), Damilola Ogunbiyi, noted that the youths are the most important resource for future socio-economic development.
She added that her office is saddled with the responsibility of construction of training centers to train students on renewable energy technology, as well as providing reliable, affordable and sustainable power to 37 federal universities and 7 teaching hospitals through solar hybrid and gas-fired power plant solutions, rehabilitation of existing distribution infrastructure, installation of street lights for illumination and improved security within the beneficiary university campuses
The Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule said he is set to generate private electricity from coal deposit in Obi Local Government Area of the State.
Governor Sule who disclosed this in Obi at the flagging off of the construction of a 2 kilometer solar-powered streetlights in Obi and Nasarawa Eggon Local Government Areas said that his administration has finalized arrangements with a private electricity firm, General Electric (GE), to generate 1000 MW of electricity from coal deposits in Obi Local Government Area.
According to the Governor, “I’m happy that we are here this morning to kick-start this project but my happiness will come fully when the investors from South- Africa are here to use the coal deposits in Obi to generate the 1000 megawatts that will power the entire State.”
Speaking further, Sule said the power generation project will not just provide services to the people of Obi but will also create a coal mine that will generate employment for the teeming unemployed youths in the
State stating that the 2km solar powered streetlights would be replicated in the 13 LGAs in the State to actualize the commitments he made during his inauguration, to achieve in his first one hundred days in office.
While noting that the construction of the solar powered streetlights in each of the 13 Council Areas was one of the 47 projects under the 2018 conditional grants scheme of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Governor Sule said his administration will continue to partner and honor its obligations to development partners to ensure the execution of projects that would have direct bearing on the lives of the people of the state.
According to him, “the objective of the exercise is a zero emission power endeavor that is generated through natural sources that ensures energy efficiency, lessen reliance on fossil fuel and reduce global warming due to climate change. It’s an energy that is generated from renewable sources which are naturally replenished on human time scale, such as sunlight and wind, with a view to reducing negative effect on the ozone layer and other soil degradation”. He gave the assurance that aside from beautification, the solar-powered streetlights project will enhance socio-economic activities across rural communities and that it’s a compact project not easily prone to theft and vandalism.
He, however, urged members of the benefiting communities to evolve means of safeguarding the projects, warning the contractors handling the projects to adhere strictly to specifications and standards and to also ensure that the work is completed within the 3-months’ time frame
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has said the decision to create the Ministry of Energy and Electricity from the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources was to enable the new Ministry is to effectively execute "electrify Edo" projects in the State, saying that“Electricity has been privatized and we need to domesticate it in the State.”
Obaseki pointed out that the State Government will place emphasis on completing ongoing projects, saying: “We want to close all the projects we started.”
The State is home to Edo-Azura Power Plant, which feeds the national grid as well as the CCTEC Ossiomo Power Plant, which is expected to provide embedded power supply to government buildings, hospitals, streets on the Sapele Road axis of Benin City, among others. It is expected that with the coming on stream of the Ossiomo power plant, there will be need to regulate the local electricity market, which the ministry would be charged to execute
As part of efforts by the present administration to provide uninterrupted electricity to Nigerian students by supplying power through off-grid captive power plants, the Federal Government under its Energizing Education Programme (EEP) will today inaugurate the first solar hybrid power plant at Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike Ikwo (FUNAI), Ebonyi State.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will perform the inauguration of the project, which will see 7,700 students and 1,819 faculty staff at FUNAI to have access to clean reliable energy from the university’s 2.8MW solar hybrid power plant.
According to the Managing Director of Rural Electrification Agency (REA), Damilola Ogunbiyi, EEP is a Federal Government’s intervention focused on developing off-grid, dedicated and independent power plants, as well as rehabilitating existing distribution infrastructure to supply clean and reliable power to 37 Federal Universities and seven affiliated university teaching hospitals.
Apart from the 2.8MW solar hybrid power plant, other projects to be inaugurated at the ground-breaking event would include, the launch of 7.5 KM solar-powered street lights for illumination and safety, as well as a world- class renewable training center.
“This programme will undoubtedly improve the quality of education, research and health care services at our Federal Universities and teaching hospitals. I’m proud of the role that women have played in the successful implementation of this project from the head of project being a women to the female STEM students that all worked on the project. No doubt, the EEP represents a significant milestone in green financing in Africa,” Ogunbiyi said.
The EEP project is an outcome of collaboration between the REA, Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, the Federal Ministry of Environment, the National Universities Commission, and executed by Sterling & Wilson.
The former Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, has urged stakeholders to support the regulator in the Power Sector, Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), in exercising its powers to sanction erring operators who refuse to serve consumers efficiently.
Fielding questions from Senators at the Ministerial screening, Tuesday, Fashola said issues of consumer complaints and regulations should be directed to the regulatory agency for effective administration and compliance.
“Let me speak to two powers that the regulator has in Sections 73, 74 and 75 of the Electric Power Sector. One of the powers that was vested in that law by the regulator is to undertake an investigation and do several things. It could mean demanding the license of the licensee or even canceling the license as we have seen in cases like the Central Bank of Nigeria, and as we have seen in some cases in Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and Nigeria Broadcasting Commission.
“So the powers of the regulator for making the reform work must be targeted towards ensuring minimum service levels, licensing conditions are met and until we fully exhaust those powers, it will be premature to say that the reform is not working. Often times, when we privatize things, who goes back to check the service level compliance? Who pulls a lever of compulsion or caution as the case may be for us? I think that is something we should spend time to look at.
“If we want to know about issues wrong with SIM cards, call drops and the likes, we do not go to the Ministry of Communication, we go to Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC). If we want to know what is happening in banks, we do not go to the Ministry of Finance, but to the Central Bank of Nigeria, and it is the regulator we must all support now to exercise the fullest powers that have been given to the regulator and there is a lot of power there that they can act on behalf of us and I always say, I am a consumer myself”, he added.
In late September 2013, just a little over a month before the handover of the Gencos and Discos to the private investors, the then Chairman, Technical Committee of the National Council on Privatization, Atedo Peterside, gave some insights into the purpose of the privatization at a forum organized by the Bankers’ Committee in Abuja.
“The purpose of privatizing the Discos and Gencos was not just to transfer ownership of the assets. The primary purpose was to bring into play new owners with ‘deep pockets’ who could finance, and/or access financing for the rapid restoration of lost capacity, and/or add significant new capacity to make up for decades of government neglect and mismanagement,” he said.
However, the financial viability of the Nigerian electricity supply industry remains the most significant challenge threatening the sustainability of the power sector, according to NERC. The Commission had said, “The liquidity challenge is partly attributed to the non-implementation of cost-reflective tariffs, high technical and commercial losses exacerbated by energy theft, and consumers’ apathy to payments under the widely prevailing practice of estimated billing.”
Fashola also said that the Ministry had secured the release of 720 stranded containers containing transmission equipment. According to him, the equipment has been utilized to improve transmission lines across the country. The former Minister noted that the Ministry had made significant efforts on off-grid electricity within the period of his stewardship.
Fashola listed the off-grid electricity executed by the government to include the electrification of Araria and Sura markets. He said that a clear road map had been established for the electrification of other 350 markets and 37 Federal universities using off-grid electricity. He also said that State Governments were empowered by the constitution to generate, transmit and distribute power. He explained further that there was the need for all stakeholders to support the regulators in the Ministries to fully enforce the provision of the law in the discharge of their duties.
The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) is to commence the installation of meters to 915, 000 unmetered customers under its franchise areas, in August.
This was disclosed by the Chief Operating Officer of the Company, John Ayodele, during an interview with journalists at the first town hall meeting organized by the Disco to enlighten its customers about the metering process, in Ibadan, Wednesday.
Ayodele said the IBEDC had successfully engaged the services of seven Meter Asset Providers (MAPs) to ensure all customers were duly metered to bring to an end the controversial estimated billing.
According to him, “The meter rollout will start on the first of August, that is our target but we are still trying to put in place the mechanism for payment because we don’t want any cash transactions. All transactions must be electronic, you either pay in the bank or you pay through your phone.
“So, we want to perfect that because we don’t want a situation where the system is hacked by somebody else and the money is going somewhere else. And once you pay your money, you have your receipt then you are obliged to use your product.” Ayodele said.
Ayodele restated the commitment of the Disco in ensuring that all the customers were metered with ease at a going rate of N38, 325 for a single-phase meter and N70, 350 for a three-phase meter, including Value-added Tax (VAT).
He appealed to the customers to go through the proper channel to avoid fraudulent activities, as there are no hidden charges, no processing fees and no application fees of any kind, adding that upon completion of meter application processes with payment duly received, a customer must be metered within 10 working days
The immediate past Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, said about 720 containers were recovered with abandoned transmission equipment when he resumed in office as Minister.
Fashola disclosed this during the Ministerial screening by the Senate on Monday, saying at the commencement of his administration, the focus was on completing what was inherited from the Goodluck Jonathan-led Administration which led to the recovery.
“This led us to recovering about 720 containers belonging to the Federal Republic of Nigeria containing transmission equipment that had been left at the Nigerian port for almost a decade. “Those equipment ultimately found their way to over 100 stations across the country and we had completed some of them by the time I left office,” he said.
Speaking further, Fashola stated that the Ministry had undertaken a power audit in 37 Federal Universities, which according to him was aimed at intervening and strategically deploying independent power to Nigeria’s Federal Universities as the Ministry’s contribution to education development.
Fashola stated that, “By the time I left, based on the limited resources we had, we had commenced nine as a first phase and all those nine are in various phases of implementation at the moment. “I can say that from next month, Ndufe Alike University, in Ebonyi State will be the first to be commissioned next month.”
Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company Plc. has said it remains committed to exposing and bringing to book electricity vandals, thieves and impersonators to ensure better power supply to all its customers.
The IBEDC, therefore, appealed to all customers and stakeholders to join in the fight against vandalism and energy theft. It said in a statement that seven people had bagged various jail terms for destroying and carting away facilities belonging to the Company.
The power firm said, “Samuel Samson and Mayowa Adeboye, arraigned before a magistrate court in Abeokuta, Ogun State for vandalism and cable theft, will be behind bars for two and a half years, while Femi Adewale, arraigned before the same court, was sentenced for four years.
“Gbolahan Ogunjobi, arraigned before a magistrate court II in Ota, Ogun State, got three years’ imprisonment for unlawful damage and stealing of a transformer. Ayeni Kayode got six months’ sentence for impersonating an IBEDC member of staff in Ogbomoso, Oyo State.”
IBEDC added, “Ageniga Ayobami and Ganiyu Alao also got six months’ and three months’ jail terms respectively for stealing prepaid meters and reckless driving, which damaged a high-tension pole
The Federal Government, Sterling Bank and Virtus Energy Solutions Limited, recently partnered to enhance power production for small businesses in the country.
The project aims to provide electricity access to over 80,000 shops across 16 economic clusters, empower over 340,000 Micro, Small and Medium Size Enterprises, and create over 2,500 jobs while serving over 18 million Nigerians.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), Damilola Ogunbiyi, shortly after signing the pact, on behalf of Federal Government, described the collaboration as a significant milestone in financing the Energizing Economies Initiative (EEI).
Ogunbiyi noted that since the deployment of off-grid electricity solutions at various markets across the country, “we are already witnessing positive environmental and economic impacts. This is the sort of intervention we look forward to scaling across Nigeria with support from financial institutions.”
She added that government, through REA is implementing the Energizing Economies Initiative (EEI) which supports the rapid deployment of off grid electricity solutions to provide clean, safe, affordable and reliable electricity to economic clusters, like market places, shopping centers, industrial facilities) through private sector developers.
The REA worked in collaboration with the USAID sponsored programme, Power Africa. Power Africa provides technical advisory support to this initiative, which is already transforming businesses in Sabon Gari market, Ariara market, Sura shopping complex and other economic clusters with sustainable, clean and affordable power supply by increasing economic activities, spurring business growth, fostering job creation and enhancing the business experience.“Technical advisory is a key pillar of assistance Power Africa provides to Nigeria’s power sector. We are focused on ensuring initiatives like the Energizing Economies which are designed and implemented with regulatory, legal, financial, transactional and project management support,” said the USAID/Nigeria Mission Director, Stephen Harkin
The Federal Government of Nigeria has unveiled a road map which is geared towards resolving existing challenges in the power sector and expanding capacity for future power needs in Nigeria.
With the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) representing the interest of Nigeria and Siemens representing the interest of Germany in this initiative, the roadmap for Nigerian Electrification tailored to the peculiar needs of Nigeria’s power sector has been developed with specific attention to priority projects in the power sector.
Speaking at the signing of the implementation agreement with Siemens on July 22, 2019 at the State House, Abuja, the Director General of BPE, Alex Okoh, disclosed that the Nigeria Electrification Roadmap is structured into 3 phases:
The first phase will focus on implementing projects that would greatly improve power supply in Nigeria within a short period of time. The objectives are: to deliver an additional 2GW to the grid, to significantly reduce ATC&C losses, and to achieve improved grid stability and reliability. The second phase will target bringing the system’s operational capacity to about 11G, while the third phase will involve increasing the system’s capacity to 25GW within the medium to long term planning period, with appropriate upgrades and expansions in generation, transmission and distribution.
Okoh pointed out that to determine the measure of financial intervention and the mechanics for making funds available to implement the roadmap, the immediate step, post signing this agreement, is to commence detailed commercial negotiations with the Distribution Companies and the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).
The Bureau’s Director General expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for his steadfast support and commitment to ensuring that efficient, stable, quality, reliable and affordable power is delivered to Nigerians. He also appreciated German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the support of the German Government with regard to the Nigeria Electrification Roadmap.
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) says electricity customers will be allowed to get prepaid meters and pay later.
Speaking at a Press Conference in Lagos, Nathan Shatti, NERC’s Commissioner for Finance and Management Services, said customers will start enjoying the privilege from August. He said customers can either pay upfront or in installments within a period of one to 10 years.
According to NERC, a total of 42 meter service providers was approved in April under the Meter Asset Providers (MAPs) scheme, adding that a one-phase prepaid meter will be available for N36, 992 while the three-phase goes for N67, 055. The rollout of new meters begins by August 1, and that repayment for the cost of the meter services will be done monthly through metering service charge while vending.
According to Shatti, “the installations of meters have now commenced across various Discos franchise areas. Currently, we have asked or encouraged the MAPs to concentrate on the upfront payment for obvious reasons. The payment by instalment is scheduled to commence on August 1, 2019.”
He stated further that, “Discos have the responsibility to make the areas for meter deployment ready in line with MAP regulation and the planned roll-out’’. “MAPs will then determine the type of meter the customer needs and the customer will decide how long (the period) he/she plans to pay for the metering services. “After confirming the type of meter and period of repayment, the MAP will install meters across the whole area in an organised and systematic manner – no exception, all customers without meters in those areas must be metered by the MAP.”
FASHOLA LALONG HASSAN AT THE 3RD NATIONAL COUNCIL ON POWER IN JOS PLATEAU STATE
Hon Minister of Power Works Housing Mr Babatunde Fashola SANright and Governor of Plateau State Barr Simon Bako Lalongleft during the Executive Session of the 3rd National Council on PowerNACOP with the theme Completing Power Sector Reforms at the Crest Hotel Gardens Old Airport Road Jos Plateau State on Thursday 21st September 2017
FASHOLA AL MAKURA GEMADE AKUME AT THE FLAG OFF CEREMONY OF THE EXPANSION AND DUALIZATION OF 5 4KM ABUJA KEFFI LAFIA MAKURDI ROAD IN NASARAWA STATE
Hon Minister of Power Works Housing Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN 2nd right Governor of Nasarawa State Umaru Tanko Al Makura right Chairman Senate Committee on Housing and Senator representing Benue North East Senator Barnabas Gemade 2nd left and Senator representing Benue North West Senator George Akume left during the Flag Off of the Expansion and Dualization of 5 4KM Abuja Keffi Lafia Makurdi Road from the current six lanes to 10 lanes at Km 15 400 Keffi Akwanga Road Marke Kokona L G A Nasarawa State on Thursday 22nd November 2018