The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, on Sunday raised hope for improved electricity supply in the country, assuring Nigerians that power generation would ramp up to 4,000 megawatts within the next six days, ThisDay reports.
The minister spoke on the Sunday Morning Show of Arise Television, a sister broadcast arm of ThisDay Newspapers, asserting that: “In six days’ time, we will restore generation to 4,000MW,” promising: “By the time you have the hydro stations back during the raining season, you will get more.” Nigerians had been experiencing frequent power outages, which worsened in the last few weeks even as the weather became hotter, provoking bitter complaints from citizens.
Fashola also said the country was beginning to see the need to generate more power with solar energy and also revive coal because all of the other sources of energy were also subject to their own inherent weaknesses. “When it is raining, solar is not very efficient and that is when you should go to gas. When it is not raining, your hydro is not good and that is where you should be able to go to coal. This is what needs to be done, but I assure you that it would be done, we will get it right,” he said.