The Minister of Power, Saleh Maman, says Nigeria’s major problem with electricity supply is due to the low distribution of 3,000 megawatts.
He stressed that the country can generate up to 13,000mw of electricity, but cannot transmit all.
Mr Maman said after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday that despite the generation, transmission can only take 7,000 and distribution companies can only receive 3,000 because of the technical and commercial losses.
“The problem of our generation is mainly distribution, we can transmit, we can generate; we can generate 13,000, we transmit 7,000 but we can only distribute 3,000; so there is a lot of work to do on transmission companies and the government is willing to take up the matter immediately.
“Most of the problem we are facing today in this country that we cannot get electricity supplies adequately is because we have a problem in distribution.”
He stated that the government was in talks with a German firm, Siemens, to be part of solutions it was seeking to address the challenges.
He added that the involvement of Siemens will ensure that Nigerians start enjoying uninterrupted power supply.
“We have to correct the infrastructure, so today I have submitted my observation to the government and I believe that they are on it.
“FG has entered into an MoU with the German government, Siemen who are here to align between distribution, transmission and also generation so that at the end of the day, if we generate 13,000, transmission will take and distribute the same 13,000 so by that time, Nigeria will be happy and everybody will have uninterrupted electricity supply,” he added.