FG may set up council on electricity supply

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Electricity-transformerThe Federal Government is considering setting up of the National Council on Power in a bid to ensure adequate supply of electricity in the country.

When constituted, the NCP will be charged with the responsibility of harmonising policies of various tiers of government as they relate to power.

News correspondents gathered from senior officials in the Ministry of Power on Friday that the body would coordinate development programmes in the post-privatisation power sector.

“The body will also help in the drive to provide stable power supply to states across Nigeria, and this is important, especially at a time when we are encountering repeated system collapse in various electricity installations,” a source at the ministry, who did not want to be named because he was not authorised to speak on the subject, said.

And to further address the issue of system collapse, the Federal Government will on Monday (today) inaugurate a technical investigation panel.

The Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, decried the situation where states and local governments were procuring transformers without recourse to the power distribution companies.

He said the affected governments should seek the services of experts to complete the chain of action in the procurement of transformers and check the incidence of abandoned transformers not energised for use by benefiting communities.

This act, he said, though with good intention, did not provide for effective distribution of power.

Nebo called for collaboration among all tiers of government in ensuring that uninterrupted power was available to all.

The minister, while on inspection tour of facilities at the Olorunsogo Power Plant in Ogun State, said the plant was very critical to the quest of the government to increase the capacity of the national grid.

He said the plant would provide additional megawatts and assured the managers of the plant of government’s determination to bridge the funding gap experienced recently in its operations.

 

Information from Punch was used in this report.