The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has laid out plans to construct three power plants to generate about 4,600 megawatts in the Northern part of the country.
- The power plants, to be located in Abuja, Kaduna and Kano, would rely on gas supplies from the proposed Ajaokuta-Abuja-Kaduna-Kano, AKK, Gas Pipeline project.
- NNPC’s Group Managing Director, Maikanti Baru, told the governor of Niger, Abubakar Bello, who was on a courtesy visit to NNPC in Abuja, that the power plant projects would be in partnership with private investors.
“As part of the drive to establish power plants to augment the power supply to the country, the Federal Executive Council, FEC, recently approved the AKK Gas Pipeline project to be financed through public-private partnership, PPP,” Baru said.
“The project comes with other auxiliary ones, including power generation plants in Abuja, Kaduna and Kano, with 1,350 MW, 900 MW and 2,350 MW capacity respectively,” he added.
What we think: Power is a very serious problem in Nigeria.
It is such that businesses find it difficult to make meaningful progress because they rely so much on generators – they, therefore, spend too much on diesel or fuel and so many close up shop because they can’t cope.
We cannot even over-emphasize that Nigerians at home also use fuel and diesel to power generators, which, in turn, gulps a large part of their income.
So, we commend this initiative to generate more power.
However, we all call for action not just ‘plans’ and continuity in the long run.
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