Emmanuel Addeh in Abuja
Energy Minister Mr Abubakar Aliyu yesterday admitted that Nigeria’s current power generation is unable to power the economy of over 200 million Nigerians.
Aliyu, who spoke at the inauguration of the new board members of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) in Abuja, however, stressed that the federal government was determined to change the narrative.
New board members included: The President, Bukar Buni; managing director, Sule Abdulaziz; Apollonia Okigbo; Ahmed Imamudeen, Clément Omeizabaye and Mohammed Wazaram.
Others were Abdulkareem Disu; Osage Ediale; Gazalli Tukur; Nsima Ekere; Ali Haruna; Director General, Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) Alex Okoh; Aïcha Omar, among others.
He explained that the power generation in the country had been about 5000 megawatts, saying the country had been inconsistent in power generation.
“As you all know, the electricity supplied is not enough to sustain the level of our population,” Aliyu said.
Noting that the economy was growing at a faster rate than Nigeria’s electricity supply, Aliyu said the country needed to find a way to meet demand.
He challenged the new TCN board members to work together to fulfill their mandate, urging them to avoid infighting, reiterating that the new leadership must focus on the stability of the national network.
Aliyu explained that all members of the new board were appointed on the basis of merit, saying they will be assessed on providing adequate and reliable electricity to the Nigerian economy.
Earlier, Senate Power Committee Chairman Gabriel Suswam called on the new members to avoid any issues that could sow divisiveness and nullify the purpose of their selection.
“The reason I worry is that most of the time when you have board members, the sad impression is that you fight, you have personal interests and it becomes a problem rather than a solution.
“So I want to bring in the chairman, who I know is a very experienced person with other board members I’ve seen. You have to put in the work to improve what has already been made by the Managing Director of TCN. There is a lot to be done. There is a lot to be done to change the narrative in the power sector,” he said.
Also speaking, the new Chairman of the Board, Buni, assured that together with other members of the Board, he will ensure that tackling the problems of the power sector in Nigeria remains a priority. .