His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari, President of Federal Republic of Nigeria

The unreliable and poor power supply situation in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, is one of the myriads of problems giving the country’s leader, H.E Muhammadu Buhari, a sleepless night.

President Muhammadu Buhari, who is unhappy about the current situation, said: “I am not because I identify that no country can develop without infrastructure and infrastructure means road, rail and power,” President Buhari said in response to a question to him during an interview with Channels Television on Wednesday, January 5, 2022.

Nigeria can produce 13,000 megawatts of electricity but currently, West Africa’s Africa’s most populous nation produces just 4,000 megawatts on the national grid.

According to President Buhari, his administration is working hard to provide infrastructure for Nigerian including improving electricity.

The President also shared more light on why the electricity supply is yet to be stable in the country.

While noting that the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) is 100 per cent government-owned, he said his government inherited the Distribution Companies (DisCos).

According to the President, the owners of Discos bought them based on geo-political zones rather than merit.

He added, “The people that own them, who are they? They are not electrical engineers; they don’t have money; it is just a political favour.

“To remove a system and reintroduce one is no joke. Luckily, we have the TCN and that is the transmission. If we can get our technology right, we will cut the cost on transmission and the likelihood of sabotaging the lines and so on.”


Source: https://energynewsafrica.com




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