Government Woos Investors On Solar Power Project

NERCThe Federal Government of Nigeria says it is wooing investors to fund the solar power projects to boost electricity supply in the nation.

While addressing a meeting which focused on how to finance Africa’s power sector held in Abuja on Monday, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Power, Ambassador Godknows Ighali, said ‎the generation of solar power across the country would ensure that rural communities access power at affordable rates.

The Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Sam Amadi, expressed delight over the improvement of power supply, but appealed to distribution companies to improve their efficiency.

While some level of achievement could be said to have been attained in the past month, government officials believe investing in alternative energy sources would ensure that all parts of the country had steady electricity supply.

Ministry Says 2.7 Trillion Naira Spent On Power Since 1999

Nigerian power sectorThe Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Power, Ambassador Godknows Igali, says about 2.7 trillion Naira has been spent on the power sector from 1999 till date.

The official gave the figure on Tuesday during the investigative hearing of the Senate Ad-hoc Committee on Power.

He said inconsistent funding was responsible for the lack of constant electricity in the oil-rich nation.

Ambassador Igali, however,  pointed out that the privatisation exercise, which took place in 2013,  had helped in taking the burden of funding off the Federal Government.

The Senate committee also received a presentation on the National Integrated Power Project, which was conceived in 2004, as a major fast-track initiative to add significant new generation capacity to Nigeria’s electricity supply industry.

Meanwhile, the Consumer Protection Council had commenced investigations into high electricity cost by distribution companies.

The Senate had said that the probe would cover the regimes of former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, late Umaru Yar’adua and Goodluck Jonathan.

The Senate Ad- hoc Committee on Power, was inaugurated by the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on August 28.

The Clerk of the Committee on Power, Mr Cletus Ojabo, said the probe would be in form of investigative hearing and interactive session with key players in the sector.