Federal Government Announces Plan to Boost Electricity Generation Capacity

Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, has announced the Federal Government’s ambitious plan to ramp up electricity generation capacity from 3,500 megawatts to 6,500 megawatts within the next three to six months. This strategic move aims to meet the nation’s growing energy demands and enhance power supply across Nigeria.

During a recent visit to various power projects in Lagos, Adelabu inspected the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) headquarters and two 20 MVA injection substations at Randle, Surulere, including the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) monitoring facilities. He stressed the urgency of increasing electricity generation capacity, stating that the current 3,500 megawatts is insufficient.

Adelabu commended EKEDC for its progress over the past decade and underscored the importance of continuous improvements in the power sector to drive economic growth and development effectively. He outlined the government’s plan to prioritize service delivery to customers in higher billing brackets initially and gradually enhance services for all customer segments through targeted infrastructure investments.

Furthermore, Adelabu highlighted the crucial role of Distribution Companies (DisCos) in customer service and emphasized the importance of proactive engagement and efficient operations to meet consumer demands effectively. He addressed challenges such as metering, vandalism, debt collection, and customer relations, emphasizing the need for extensive changes and transformation in every aspect of the power sector.

Adelabu also emphasized the importance of stimulating demand through active customer interaction and ensuring the efficient use of generated power. He stressed the need for efficient distribution to reduce wastage and reiterated the government’s commitment to enhancing the sector’s performance through substantial investments in infrastructure and efficient customer response.

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