The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has declared that the power being generated by Nigeria is insufficient to cater to millions of Nigerians.
‘The simplest way I can put it is to say that we do not have enough power.’
According to the Minister, the maximum energy Nigeria has generated since 1950 stands at 5,074 MW, which was matched in February 2016.
He stressed that 5,074MW is not enough ‘to power a country whose population is in the hundreds of millions and is still growing.’
The minister spoke while delivering a lecture on “Nigeria’s electricity challenge: A roadmap for change” on Thursday at Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Lagos.
After spending five months to identify and analyse the problems in the power sector, Fashola has come up with a new roadmap for tackling the problem.
So what: is the roadmap? ‘I say it is getting incremental power in a way that every megawatt of power must be harnessed and made available to our people.’